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Crash knocks out power in Chesterfield County

Posted at 6:00 AM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 13:29:48-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va -- A Richmond man has been charged for a crash that knocked out power to thousands in Chesterfield County Tuesday morning.

More than 200 customers remained without power at 6 a.m. Tuesday after a car crashed into a power pole on Centralia Road, between Telstar Drive to Shiloh Drive. This is the fourth time in four months that a crash has knocked out power to this neighborhood.

Nearly 5,000 customers were in the dark at the height of the outage. The crash happened between midnight and 1 a.m. Tuesday. It left the pole snapped and dangling from wires.

Resident Tamika Hines is just one of several who told CBS 6 that they are fed up with how frequent outages happen on their street.

“It’s sad to say we are almost used to it happening so much,” Hines said. “Can they put the lines underground so we don't have the poles getting hit?”

CBS 6 reporter Brendan King took their concerns to Dominion Power Spokesman Rob Richardson, who said they are listening.

“We're going to look at what it would take to underground the lines here, and we are going to look at what options we have with moving the utility poles," Richardson said.

Richardson explained they have found water pipes underground near the poles that have kept them from moving them further from the road. Dominion Power said part of their solution includes easement and working with VDOT to remedy the problem, but no timeline has been set.

Meanwhile, resident Clyde Maddox wants drivers to take more caution.

"People need to be a little bit more alert and the mind the speed," Maddox said.

The condition of the driver has not yet been released. The accident happened while a wintry mix fell on ice-slicked roads.