71st Street reopened after utility pole replacements
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL and AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writers
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
11/06/12 at 4:50 PM
Power has been restored to all customers affected by an outage after a car struck two utility poles late Monday along 71st Street between Riverside Drive and Trenton Avenue.
According to AEP-PSO spokesman Ed Bettinger, the 2,974 customers who lost power about 10:50 p.m. Monday after a motorist struck two utility poles in the 1400 block of East 71st Street near now have power.
Crews were able to restore power to 1,498 customers nearly an hour following the initial outage, Bettinger said.
Another 1,428 customers saw power return just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, and the remaining 48 customers had power working by noon after both damaged poles were replaced.
All lanes of traffic that were closed while crews worked to restore power are opened, Tulsa police said.
Tulsa police said the motorist veered off the roadway and struck the utility poles in front of the McDonald's at 1406 E. 71st St. at 10:50 p.m. Monday.
The car caught fire, but the driver was not seriously injured, said Officer Leland Ashley. The man told police a mechanical malfunction caused the crash.
Utility crews work Tuesday morning in the 1400 block of South 71st Street to restore power to AEP-PSO customers. AMANDA BLAND / Tulsa World