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Thousands in Columbus affected by power outage

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

As many as 25 intersections throughout the Columbus were temporarily thrown into confusion for about an hour Wednesday afternoon, April 23, due to a widespread power outage.

At around 4 p.m., the Georgia Power website outage map indicated nearly 5,000 customers affected by the outages.

With so many traffic lights out at the same time, it was impossible for police to get an officer to direct traffic at every corner. 

Drivers were making up the rules as they went along on busy roads like Airport Thruway, Manchester Expwy, Veterans Pkwy and Double Churches Rd. Most of these intersections have fast moving, high volumes of traffic.

There is a law that clearly states what drivers should do at traffic lights when the power is out, but only a very small percentage of drivers  were following it.

A dead traffic light should be treated like a four way stop sign. However, if you're the only person doing the right thing, you get punished for stopping when no one else stops for you. Even if everyone is on board, the whole four way stop concept takes a lot of coordination with two lanes in each direction.

Emergency officials say no major accidents were reported in the 30 to 45 minutes that power was out. 

Georgia Power blames a mechanical failure at their Bradley Park substation, saying it caused two out of their six circuits to disconnect from high voltage lines.

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