The Friday night
lights went out at the Chesterton High School stadium, just after the
Homecoming game’s kickoff at 7 p.m., when a hit-and-run driver rammed a
NIPSCO pole on South 11th Street.
After some minutes
of uncertainty, officials postponed the game to 7 p.m. Saturday.
According to the
Chesterton Police Department, an unknown motorist was southbound on South
11th Street when, just south of Union Ave., he or she left the roadway to
the west, hit the NIPSCO pole, then left the scene.
“The pole was
snapped at the base and hanging by the wires attached to the other poles
that were north and south of it,” police said.
identified the vehicle as a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Tahoe, “but they
could not be certain,” police said.
“The area was
checked and no suspect vehicle was located,” police added.
This morning NIPSCO
spokesperson Dana Berkes told the Chesterton Tribune that a total of
3,088 customers lost power in the incident, including the CHS stadium. By
9:30 p.m. that number had been reduced to 1,700, as crews began switching
circuits. By 10 p.m. all but 14 customers had been restored. At 10:36 p.m.
the broken pole itself had been replaced and the remaining 14 customers had
their juice back.