An early morning car accident has resulted in loss of power to more than 1,300 households in western Kent County.
Electric service to more than 1,300 households in the Camden/Hartly area was interrupted at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sept. 2.
The cause was a traffic accident that occurred at that time along a curve on Hazlettville Road, near Estates Drive, at the entrance to the Estates of Wild Quail.
Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the car was driven by Sarah J. Crone, 33, of Clayton. The vehicle was headed eastbound on Hazlettville Road when Crone failed to negotiate the left-hand curve and ran off the south side of the roadway before hitting the electrical pole, Fournier said.
Crone and her 3-year-old daughter were taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Crone was cited for inattentive driving, driving on a suspended license and having no proof of insurance.
Power from other substations was quickly redirected into the area to bring the lights back on for more than 1,000 of the affected households, said Delmarva Electric Coop spokesman Jeremy Tucker.
As of 10:30 a.m., the Coop showed approximately 111 area households still without power, with no estimate on when service will be restored.
Workers must disconnect the lines from the downed pole, install a new pole, reconnect the wires and conduct safety checks before the power can be turned back on, Tucker said.
“Any time there is an accident, it usually takes a couple of hours to replace the pole,” Tucker said. “It’s a long and tedious process and a tremendous amount of work.
“Safety is our first priority for both our linemen working at the scene and for those living in the immediate area.”