Wasatch Front experiences Comcast outages

Saturday , April 12, 2014 - 5:15 PM

Andreas Rivera

WEST HAVEN — A truck hitting a utility pole was the cause of power and cable outages along the northern Wasatch Front throughout Saturday.

Police responded to reports of a Dodge pickup truck hitting the pole at 1900 West and 2100 South at about 6:50 a.m., Weber County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lane Findlay said.

The vehicle was traveling northbound on 1900 West and for some reason veered off the road and hit the pole, damaging the traffic light meter and a fence before rolling into an irrigation ditch.

The 17-year-old driver claimed his steering column locked up, causing him to hit the pole. Police are still investigating the crash. The driver had minor injuries and was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital. The truck was totaled.

Damage from the crash caused power in western Weber County to be knocked out for a few hours, as well as Xfinity/Comcast service after a fiber optic line was cut, Findlay said.

Services cut off included Internet, television and telephone.

Comcast spokesman Ray Child said crews were immediately dispatched to repair the line, which he said is a complicated process. Service was restored at about 4:45 p.m.

Crews from Rocky Mountain Power were on scene to restore power. The Utah Department of Transportation also responded to repair the traffic light.

1900 West was closed for several hours as the differnet crews made repairs.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 and arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

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