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Vehicle accident causes more than 6,000 power outages in Collinsville-Caseyville area

An Ameren Illinois truck is parked on Illinois 157 Sunday near the site of a crash with a power pole that caused power outages in Collinsville.
An Ameren Illinois truck is parked on Illinois 157 Sunday near the site of a crash with a power pole that caused power outages in Collinsville. snagy@bnd.com

Ameren Illinois customers throughout the metro-east were affected by power outages Sunday.

Around 7 a.m., 1,147 customers reported power outages in the Collinsville area. That number jumped to 6,362 customers around 8 a.m. Nearby, 53 Caseyville customers reported outages.

Ameren Illinois Spokesman Brian Bretsch said the cause of the outages in the Collinsville-Caseyville area was a vehicle that hit a sub-transmission pole on Illinois 157. The car was traveling northbound when it crossed the centerline and struck the pole, according to an Ameren employee at the scene.

The employee said the woman driving and her dog, which was in the car, were not injured in the accident.

Bretsch said Ameren was notified of the outages and dispatched employees at 7 a.m. He said Ameren restored most customers’ power by 9 a.m.

Thirty-eight customers located near the pole in Collinsville were left without power until around 12:30 p.m., he said, because Ameren needs to make a repair to the pole.

The number of outages reported got up to around 6,710 in the Collinsville area, and 68 in Caseyville.

The 201 reported outages in East St. Louis and 12 in Maryville this morning were also a result of the vehicle accident, Bretsch said. Power has been restored for those customers, according to Bretsch.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2514, @lexicortes

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