Fayette County

Power outage follows crash near downtown

A vehicle overturned on South Broadway at Pine Street, downing power lines and causing an outage in part of downtown Tuesday night.
A vehicle overturned on South Broadway at Pine Street, downing power lines and causing an outage in part of downtown Tuesday night. kward1@herald-leader.com

Hundreds of downtown residents and businesses were without power Tuesday night after a crash at South Broadway and Pine Street.

Kentucky Utilities initially reported that power was out to 741 customers in the South Hill area, but that number had been trimmed to 521 by about 10 p.m. Power was expected to be restored by about 12:30 a.m., according to the company’s website.

Emergency crews were called to the scene near Maxwell Street at about 8:30 p.m. after it was reported that a vehicle had landed on its side, downing power lines.

Lexington police Lt. Andrew Daugherty said a van turning from Pine Street onto Broadway pulled in front of the other vehicle, which caused the second vehicle to hit the utility pole. No one was injured, he said.

Outbound South Broadway was expected to be shut down at Maxwell Street until about midnight. One lane of inbound South Broadway was closed.

Street lights and some traffic lights were out in the area.

“That’s a nasty place to have a power outage” because it affects much of downtown, Daugherty said.

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