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Car accident causes power outage

November 08, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG -- More than 900 homes in southern Washington County were without power for almost 12 hours on Saturday after a car hit a utility pole on Porterstown Road, according to police and an Allegheny Energy spokesman.

The car hit a pole near Geeting Road northeast of Sharpsburg around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The pole had a heavy regulator attached to it, causing the pole to come down "like a missile," yanking three other utility poles down with it, Allegheny Energy spokesman Doug Colafella said. One pole was broken.

Power crews from Hagerstown, Frederick, Md., and Martinsburg, W.Va., worked to get the poles back up, restoring power to 909 homes in the Sharpsburg and Keedysville areas by 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Colafella said.

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No further information was available Sunday evening about the accident.

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