Rome crash causes day-long power outage
ROME — More than 120 Romans were without power around Urbandale Parkway on Monday after a vehicle crashed into a ground-level transformer, according to National Grid and city fire officials.
Rome Fire Chief Thomas Iacovissi said an adult male crashed into the transformer at 7:24 a.m. Monday, sparking a small fire in the vehicle. Firefighters responded and doused the flames. No major injuries were reported. The Rome Police Department is investigating.
The crash caused "significant damage" to National Grid equipment, National Grid officials said, causing an outage for more than 120 customers.
"The repairs were time-consuming, as the switch needed replacement and the underground wires connected to it needed to be assessed for damage, replaced, connected and tested," officials stated.
Power was re-routed through the system to restore electricity to some customers within a few hours, officials said. Some customers closest to the crash did not have their power restored until early Tuesday morning.
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