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Merrimack Valley

January 30, 2014

Accident cuts power to 1,600 area residents

ANDOVER — A two-car crash on North Street was responsible for knocking out power to several Andover and Lawrence residents early Tuesday morning.

Police were called to North Street after receiving a 911 call reporting an accident involving two cars, one of them snapping a utility pole, according to police records.

When the pole was knocked down, “the transformer blew, knocking out power to the area,” Andover Police Commander Charles Heseltine said.

The accident occurred when one of the cars drove through a stop sign and collided with another car. The driver of that vehicle was given a written warning for failure to stop at a stop sign, according to Heseltine.

Both cars were towed from the scene, and one the vehicle’s drivers were taken to an area hospital for back pain.

Meanwhile, crews with National Grid were sent out soon after the crash was reported to replace the pole, according to Jake Navarro, a spokesman for National Grid.

Only 17 area households were out of power due to the crash, but “in order to make the repairs, we had to de-energize a portion of the system. That caused an outage for a bigger group,” Navarro said.

The outage affected around 700 Lawrence customers and 900 Andover customers at its peak, according to Navarro. Those homes were brought back online by 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, crews worked until around 8 p.m. — 14 hours after the crash was first reported — to finish restoring power to the original 17 households affected by the crash, according to Navarro.

The delay in restoring power was caused by crews having problems with digging the hole, such as large rocks buried in the soil, according to Navarro.

The following items were taken from area police logs Tuesday:

ANDOVER

Vandalism to a motor vehicle: Harold Parker Road, 11:24 a.m.

Hit-and-run crash: Barnard Street, 3:59 p.m.

LAWRENCE

Larceny: 700 Essex St., 12:38 p.m.

Breaking and entering: 75 Haverhill St., 1:04 p.m.

Auto accident: 217 Bruce St., 2:07 p.m. No injuries

Breaking and entering: Myrtle St., 5:34 p.m.

NORTH ANDOVER

Tuesday

Accident: Osgood Street, 5:13 p.m. No injuries.

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