Chesterton Tribune



CHS football in the dark Friday after hit and run driver rams NIPSCO pole

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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.

A witness 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.




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