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Vehicle crash causes power outage in Taylorsville

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jan 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-01 18:51:00-05

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A vehicle crash that sheared a power pole in Taylorsville left more than 3,000 customers without power Saturday morning.


At around 5:30 a.m., a vehicle crashed into a power pole in the area of 5400 South and 2700 West, according to officials with Rocky Mountain Power.

Taylorsville Police say the crash occurred when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. They added that there were no signs of intoxication or medical issues, however.

The initial outage affected 3608 customers, but little under half of those customers had their power restored by 7:47 a.m. Crews have been working since then to isolate the damage and restore power to affected customers.

By about 4:30 p.m., nearly all RMP customers had their power restored. However, the intersection itself and some of the adjacent buildings are expected to be without power until about 11 p.m.

Police said multiple other accidents occurred after the initial crash, which they said was because drivers weren't obeying the rules to treat the intersection as a 4-way stop. They said confusion due to the "flex lanes" in the area could have also contributed.