NEWBURY – More than 1,000 electrical customers suddenly lost power Tuesday about 9 a.m. when a car hit and broke a utility pole on Plum Island Turnpike, flipped onto its roof and brought down some lines.
Traffic on the only road leading to and from the barrier island was reduced to one lane near Plum Bush Downs, producing long lines of motorists waiting to pass the crash site. The pole snapped in half but stayed off the road. Electricity and cable TV wires also remained aloft.
Neither the female driver of the Toyota Camry nor a male passenger, both in their mid-20s, were hurt. As a precaution, a Newbury ambulance was called, according to police.
An estimated 1,310 customers lost electricity at 9:06 a.m. for roughly six hours before it was restored about 3:30 p.m., according to a National Grid power outage map.
Initially, National Grid estimated that power would be restored by 11:15 a.m. But a National Grid worker assessing the damage was overheard telling Newbury police Chief Michael Reilly that it would "be awhile."
Reilly said no arrests were made and that the crash may be a case of distracted driving. The accident's cause remains under investigation.