MADISON – An early morning crash, Thursday, Dec. 19,th, closed Route 85 in Madison near Premier Bank and knocked out power to many in the area for most of that day.
According to Boone County 911 dispatchers, a car hit a power pole breaking it in half and also struck a fire hydrant around 8:20 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, leaving the pole and power lines across the roadway.
Traffic was diverted across the Benjamin Price Bridge until the road reopened.
Appalachian Power Company notified many of its customers that power could be off and not restored until around 4 p.m. that day. One pole had to be replaced and two others fixed due to the crash.
Appalachian Power estimated around 1,000 customers were without power. Many businesses were without power as well.
Madison Elementary, Madison Middle and Scott High schools all closed due to the power outage. Courthouse officials said power was knocked out and only Family Court had reserve power. Telephone service was also knocked out in some areas of Madison as well.
The car sped off after the crash and police with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Madison Police Department apprehended the driver, an emergency official at the scene reported.
The police departments have not released any details citing an ongoing investigation into the crash.