Car Crash Leaves 1,000 In Springdale Without Power

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A blown electric transformer from a traffic crash left more than 1,000 Ozarks Electric customers in Springdale without power Monday afternoon, although electricity was fully restored later in the night.

The power went out for 1,037 customers at 4:23 p.m., according to Ozarks Electric. A vehicle hit some guidewires near 40th Street and Elm Springs Road in Springdale, and a transformer blew, according to Springdale police.

Ozarks Electric personnel rushed to the scene to restore power. There are no reported injuries, according to police.

Power was out for 1,065 households in the area at the outage's high point, but power was restored by 7 p.m. Monday, according to Ozarks Electric power company.

Owners of the Patrick's hamburger place on Elm Springs Road were painting when the power went out, and they said they had to stop what they were doing.

"We heard a big boom. We didn't know what it was," said owner Allen Henderson. "It kind of scared us."

A police officer directed traffic for the two hours the lights were out. People in the nearby homes said they felt some of the impact.

"Cable and internet went out, and then...a big old boom. All the power went out," said Jim King, who lives nearby. "Went to go get gas, and unfortunately they didn't have any power either."