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Power Outage Reported, Section Of Ocean Drive Closed Following Accident In Avalon

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AVALON, N.J., (CBS) – A power outage has been reported and a section of Ocean Drive is closed Friday following an accident in Avalon, New Jersey.

According to Avalon Borough’s website, shortly before 3:30 p.m. an acci­dent involving a trac­tor trailer resulted in the destruc­tion of four util­ity poles at 15th Street and Ocean Drive.  The borough says all of the poles were destroyed along with the power trans­form­ers.

The result­ing power out­age has affected 1,400 cus­tomers, largely in the vicin­ity of Ocean Drive in the north­ern sec­tion of Avalon.

Atlantic City Elec­tric reports that the num­ber of out­ages are now reduced to just under 200 cus­tomers.  According to the borough, cus­tomers will remain with­out power from the vicin­ity of 16th Street north to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge along and between Ocean Drive and Dune Drive.  Some out­ages in the imme­di­ate area of the acci­dent at 15th Street and Ocean Drive will likely remain with­out power into the overnight hours.

Atlantic City Elec­tric is on the scene and will restore elec­tric­ity as quickly as pos­si­ble.  For areas imme­di­ately adja­cent to the acci­dent scene, the borough says it is likely that the power out­age will last through the night into Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

For other areas with­out power, the out­age may last sev­eral hours into the evening hours.

In addi­tion, the Avalon Office of Emer­gency Man­age­ment reports that Ocean Drive between 13th Street and 16th Street will be closed to all pedes­trian and vehic­u­lar traf­fic until at least Satur­day morn­ing as new poles and trans­form­ers are placed into service.

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