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A lucky escape

2-car accident results in severed power line; no injuries

April 8, 2013
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - A two-vehicle accident on Montezuma Avenue this morning led to a three-hour power outage for UPPCO customers in Houghton.

About 7:25 a.m., a driver traveling north on Portage Street lost control of his or her vehicle and slid into the path of a vehicle eastbound on Montezuma Avenue, said Jeremy Hill, patrolman with the Houghton Police Department.

The second vehicle was then pushed into a power pole on Montezuma, severing the pole and causing the outage.

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette
A vehicle is seen near a power pole on Montezuma Avenue in Houghton shortly after a two-vehicle accident that led to a power outage in Houghton this morning. Most of the more than 1,700 customers affected regained power after three hours.

There were no injuries, Hill said.

Traffic was rerouted off Montezuma Avenue while power was restored.

About 12:30 p.m., Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly said they hoped to open a lane of traffic within the next hour.

"It's difficult replacing that pole because of the mine rock," he said. Donnelly said there might be a brief outage once the new pole is ready to be installed.

Houghton Police Department, Houghton Fire Department, Mercy EMS, Upper Peninsula Power Company and Charter Communications responded to the scene.



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