Official: Most power in Oak Ridge has been restored following crash on Friday


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — UPDATE 10:20 p.m. — The City of Oak Ridge confirmed power to all but one place has been restored following a crash from Friday evening.

The city said the Arboretum in Oak Ridge will be without power until Saturday.

The Tennessee Valley Authority also provided a news release about roadways currently impacted due to the crash:

Late this afternoon, a Chevy 2500 towing a skid steer ran off of Highway 62 in Oak Ridge at the S. Illinois Avenue and Union Valley Road intersection and damaged a TVA transmission structure (pictures below). The highway is impassable, as the transmission structure is hanging partially above the roadway and the transmission lines are across the road and too low for vehicle clearance. The line is de-energized. Additional structures were damaged during the incident. TVA transmission crews and TVA Police officers are on scene. We appreciate the City of Oak Ridge for their assistance with traffic control during this event and appreciate our partnership with the Oak Ridge Electric Department. TVA is securing contract traffic control services that will be onsite tomorrow morning. TVA crews are currently removing the damaged structure and completing the engineering necessary to make repairs.” 

According to the city, the widespread power outages occurred just before 4:30 p.m. after a truck hit a transmission tower at the intersection of South Illinois Avenue and Union Valley Road.

Traffic is currently backed up for miles and drivers are being redirected at this time.

Earlier in the day, crews were working to get power back up and running as soon as possible adding that its Electric Department phone lines have been affected by the outage.

The driver of the truck involved in the crash and the passenger reportedly suffered from injuries that were not life-threatening. Both were transported to local hospitals.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is leading the investigation.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — The city of Oak Ridge is reporting widespread power outages Friday afternoon.

Oak Ridge Electric Department phone lines are down due to the outage, the city said on its social media platforms. Crews are working to get power back up and running.

The cause of the widespread outages is currently unknown.

This is a developing story.

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