Power outage closes three schools in Tooele County

Posted at 9:05 PM, Oct 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 12:53:40-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — Power is being restored for thousands of customers in Tooele County after a train caught on a downed power line and damaged 25 power poles.

Fire officials in Tooele say power lines from a substation were knocked down due to high winds in the area, and those lines cross over the top of railroad tracks.

A train passing by caught on the downed line, and as the train went though the area a total of about 25 power lines were damaged.

Stansbury High School, Rose Springs Elementary and Stansbury Park Elementary are closed Monday, Oct. 3.

Erda, Lake Point, Stansbury Park and Tooele

Area of outage:  Zip codes 84074 and 84075
Estimated time of restoration:  October 4, 11:30 p.m. MDT
Cause:  Wire and pole damage due to train hitting down line
Customers affected:  Approximately 77 customers are without power, down from 4,056 earlier
Crew:  On site and repairs are underway

Updated 10:20 a.m. MDT on October 3

Crews at the scene said it will take several days to clean up all of the damage, and there was no clear timeline for when power might be restored.

Authorities said portions of northern Tooele County will be without power for Monday’s commute and traffic signals will likely be dark.

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No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident.

It was not immediately clear who operates the train in question.

Fox 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.