LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — A crash in Lancaster County caused over 1,000 residents to lose power for several hours and caused electrical damage to homes on Saturday, Oct. 1.
According to Captain Justin Rhoads of the Manheim Township Fire Rescue, a car struck a power pole in the 300 block of East Roseville Road in Manheim Township sometime around noon.
The crash caused live wires to fall onto homes in the area, which caused damage to four of them. One home had a small fire in the basement due to the live wires, however, it was quickly brought under control by the resident.
According to the Manheim Township Police Department, one residential property will need to be stripped down to bare studs and completely rewired after damage from a power surge caused by the crash. Eight other properties close to the hit pole reportedly lost major kitchen appliances from the surge, as well.
According to Captain Rhoads, there were no injuries or fatalities associated with the accident. East Roseville Road was closed between Oregon Pike and Municipal Drive.
Manheim Township police say the crash involved a BMW 535i driven by George Hetrick, 23, of Lancaster. Police say Hetrick showed signs of impairment and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Hetrick refused to provide a breath sample and was sent a summons to appear in court on DUI and other charges, according to the Manheim Township Police Department.
The PPL Outage Map stated that 1,135 customers were affected by this loss of power. As of 6:05 p.m., power had been restored to the affected area.
Manheim Fire Rescue advises motorists to use caution around this area, due to traffic lights not working due to the power outage.