Eureka Springs accident leaves lights out 10 hours

Friday, February 28, 2020

By Samantha Jones

Several Eureka Springs businesses and residences lost power on Sunday morning after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 62.

Ryan Thomas, a dispatcher with Eureka Springs Police Department, said a man fell asleep at the wheel on his way to church, crossed a lane of traffic and hit a power pole. That knocked out 100 yards of power line, Thomas said, and a whole row of transformers. Thomas said the accident happened across from McDonald’s and Cornerstone Bank.

SWEPCO representative Carey Sullivan confirmed Thomas’ recounting of the events, saying two power poles were broken in the accident. The power went out at 9:30 a.m., Sullivan said, and was fully restored at 7:32 p.m. Sullivan said the power outage affected 602 customers. The 10 hours it took to restore the power is normal under the circumstances, Sullivan said.

“There’s a lot of different factors when you’re talking about broken poles,” Sullivan said. “People have to come pull out the poles, replace the poles and put the wire back up. It’s pretty complicated.”

Sullivan said car accidents regularly cause power outages.

“It’s pretty common to have a car versus a pole,” Sullivan said. “We just hope everyone involved is OK.”

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