In Springfield, Massachusetts, construction crews laying a fiber optic cable along I-91 reportedly severed an underground electrical line, causing a power outage that impacted almost a fifth of the city at its peak.
The accident occurred around 1pm last Thursday. According to Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) officials, service would be restored to most customers by 6pm.
Twenty-four hours later, thousands of residents were still without power. WMECO placed automated calls to its customers on Friday afternoon asking them to conserve power and report any new outages. As a result of the accident, traffic lights were out, and businesses were forced to close.
Damaged line cuts out power in Springfield, MassLive.com, July 31, 2009
24 Hours On, Power Still Out for Thousands, CBS3Springfield.com, July 31, 2009
If you have been injured in a construction accident or sustained other work injuries, then contact a Massachusetts construction accident attorney.