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May 7, 2014

Power restored in town following crash

NEW CASTLE — A car striking a utility pole led to two power outages in downtown New Castle Tuesday.

The first occurred at the time of the crash, while the second came as Penn Power crews made repairs to the 24,000-volt line.

According to city police, Richard Bretz, 62, of 703 N. Cedar St. was traveling south on North Jefferson Street about 10:20 a.m. when, he told them, his brakes felt spongy. Bretz then made a left turn onto Falls Street, striking the pole.

Bretz was not injured, police said.

Penn Power crews responded and additional city police, fire and public works crews were called out to assist with traffic control at intersections with lights. Leading up to the planned outage to make repairs, it was unclear which intersections downtown would be affected.

Power crews initially estimated the outage for repairs would begin early in the afternoon. But the estimates were extended, and the actual outage did not occur until around 4:20 p.m.

Prior to the repairs, Chuck Jackson, area manager at Penn Power, estimated electricity would be off for about two hours in the affected area while repairs were being made. However, power was restored after about 45 minutes.

Attempts to reach Jackson for more details after power was restored were unsuccessful.

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