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More than 1,000 customers lose power Sunday

April 15, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

PIKESIDE, W.Va. - Power was cut to 1,045 Allegheny Power customers early Sunday morning when a truck struck a utility pole at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Tablers Station Road, according to police and Allegheny Power officials.

The vehicle, which was the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer, was traveling east on Tablers Station Road about 3 a.m. when it went through the intersection with U.S. 11 and struck the pole, according to Deputy W. Henderson of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Foggy conditions and the fact the driver was allegedly driving under the influence were likely factors in the crash, Henderson said.

Stacey Elliott, of Millington, Tenn., was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain control and failure to drive with due care after he wrecked the Swift Transportation truck, said Henderson.

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The impact of the crash broke the utility pole and caused lines to fall, said Allegheny Power spokesman Mike Grandillo.

Allegheny Power workers were able to reroute power to affected customers by 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Grandillo said.

Workers were still repairing equipment damaged by the crash Sunday, Grandillo said.

- Dave McMillion

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