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Two are injured in Lexington crash that might be linked to power outage

Two people were injured Wednesday morning when a car and a semi truck collided at an intersection where the traffic lights might have gone out because of a power outage.

Nayali Roberllo, 24, a passenger in the car, was listed in serious condition Wednesday evening at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. The driver of the car, Eranid Perez, 25, was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the semi, William E. Reed, 52, was not injured.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the power outage was first reported at 1:19 a.m. The accident occurred about 1:20 a.m., police said. The Oldsmobile Aurora driven by Perez made a left turn from Citation Boulevard onto Newtown Pike, crossing into the path of the semi, according to a news release from police.

The semi crashed into the passenger side of the car. Perez and Roberlo had to be cut out of the car.

Police and firefighters said the traffic lights at the intersection of Newtown and Citation were dark when they arrived. Roberts said Reed is from out of town, and apparently he did not realize that there was supposed to be an active traffic light at the intersection. He was not cited.

Alcohol is not a suspected factor in the crash, but toxicology reports are pending, police said. Roberlo, Perez and Reed all were wearing seat belts.

Perez was charged with not having a driver's license or proof of insurance.

Kentucky Utilities spokesman Chris Feltham confirmed that there had been an outage.

Power was restored in the area at 2:05 a.m., Feltham said via e-mail. The outage, which affected nearly 4,000 customers, was caused by an equipment malfunction in a substation near Lexmark.

"Breaker switches shut down on a transformer in that substation," Feltham said. "We reset the switches and they held, so at this point we are still investigating why they went off in the first place."

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