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1,000 lose power after NIPSCO pole downed

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More than 1,000 NIPSCO customers lost power early this morning--including Porter Regional Hospital (PRH) and Chesterton High School--after a pole on Ind. 149 was struck by a vehicle, NIPSCO was reporting.

The accident occurred at 4:53 a.m., on Ind. 149 between Joliet Ave. and 1050N--where a 69,000-volt line crosses from the east side of the roadway to the west--and involved at least two vehicles with one injury, the Chesterton Fire Department told the Chesterton Tribune.

Approximately 1,150 customers were affected by the resulting outage, which forced PRH to switch to backup generation, NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer said. Power was restored to all but 430 customers by shortly after 8 a.m. The remaining customers were expected to be back on line by 2 p.m., “after the final cleanup work is complete to remove the downed lines and ensure the area is safe,” Meyer said.

At CHS summer school students were being bussed to Chesterton Middle School and were to be bussed back to the high school at the end of the day, CHS posted to Twitter this morning. PE and driver education classes continued from CHS and were unaffected by the outage.

CFD Capt. Rudy Jimenez said that the lines fell directly across Ind. 149. The CFD cleared the scene at 5:47 a.m., after a NIPSCO crew arrived.



Posted 7/17/2018




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