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Sections of Hagerstown experience power outage

June 19, 2012

A tractor-trailer struck a utility pole guy wire in the 900 block of Frederick Street on Tuesday afternoon, snapping off  the top of the utility pole and cutting power to parts of Hagerstown, according to a city official and a witness.

The tractor-trailer that hit the guy wire did not stop, Hagerstown Utilities Director Michael Spiker said.

The broken pole affected substations on Wesel Boulevard and Frederick Street, causing the wider outage, Spiker said.

Areas affected by the outage included Frederick Street and Summit Avenue in downtown Hagerstown, and the city’s West End.

The outage started around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Power was restored shortly after 4 p.m. as city workers rerouted electricity.

Spiker said repairs to the pole were expected to take longer.

Hagerstown resident Tiffany Funk, 22, said she was driving south on Frederick Street around 3:30 p.m. when she heard a pop, and a wire fell on her car.

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Boonsboro resident Julie Kline, 41, who was driving behind Funk, said a tractor-trailer cut the corner at Wilson Boulevard too close and hit the utility pole guy wire.

The top of the pole snapped, causing an explosive sound, smoke and shattered glass from electrical parts atop the pole, Kline said.

A portion of Frederick Street was blocked in front of the Susquehanna Bank branch as crews tended to the broken pole.

— Julie E. Greene

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