COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Residents living in the Wynnton Road area are out of the dark following power outages Thursday morning.
According to Captain Renee McAneny, Columbus Police Department, a man hit a power pole causing 1300 residents to lose power to their homes and businesses.
McAneny says the driver did not appear to be impaired, but may have lost control of the wheel. His car caught on fire, but he escaped unharmed. He is charged with striking a fixed object, a misdemeanor.
During the repair process, Georgia Power workers hit a gas line. You could smell gas in the area. According to Tony Mathis, Supervisor, Georgia Power, Atmos Energy informed them of several gas line locators, but the punctured line was overlooked.
Atmos Energy is on the scene working to repair the gas line. In the meantime, Georgia Power has halted replacement techniques for the power pole.
Brian Green, Georgia Power Media Relations, says they restored power by moving those residents electricity source to a transformer at another substation. The power outage lasted for about an hour, said Green.
Traffic is being diverted to Gordon Avenue, beyond that point heading towards downtown, Wynnton Road is blocked off.
Crews say it could take hours before both Atmos Energy and Georgia Power can get the situation back to normal.