Electricity restored to thousands after car hits utility pole near Seneca, I-235

08/28/2014 9:41 PM

08/29/2014 5:18 PM

Most of the thousands of people who lost electricity in south Wichita after a car hit a utility pole have had their power restored.

Westar Energy spokeswoman Gina Penzig said Friday that 11,600 people were affected Thursday after the car overturned and rolled into the power pole at Seneca and I-235 about 7:30 p.m. The utility replaced the power pole overnight and says all but a handful of customers had their power back Friday morning.

Power outages were reported along Seneca from Pawnee down south to the highway. A dispatcher said Thursday night that portions of Seneca and I-235 were shut down to traffic because of power lines hanging across the roadways.

Penzig said electricity was restored to the bulk of customers within a few minutes after the crash. But about 400 customers, likely those living closest to the crash site, were without power until the pole was replaced.

Wichita police say the car driver was taken into custody.

Contributing: Associated Press

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