Power back for most in north Wichita after accident-related outage

08/30/2014 11:27 AM

08/31/2014 6:42 AM

About 1,800 Westar customers were without electricity for a few hours Saturday morning after a car hit a utility pole in the 2600 block of North Market. Power had been restored by late morning to all but the houses on the block of the accident.

Power was out from Broadway to Amidon and from 13th Street to 26th Street North, a Westar spokesman said.

The outage began about 7 a.m. when a car hit a pole and the electrical line came down and hit a gas meter, starting a fire, said Brad Boyd, battalion chief for the Wichita Fire Department.

Wichita police say that a woman who was in the car was taken to the hospital after the accident. There were no other injuries, and no structures were involved in the fire, Boyd said. He said there was no explosion and no danger to the public from the fire.

Electricity was expected to be restored to the houses on the block in the afternoon.

Reach Annie Calovich at 316-268-6596 or acalovich@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @anniecalovich.

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