Thousands affected

Crash knocks out power, Internet, phone and TV to part of Casper

2012-08-26T22:30:00Z 2012-08-29T20:58:48Z Crash knocks out power, Internet, phone and TV to part of CasperBy JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff Casper Star-Tribune Online
August 26, 2012 10:30 pm  • 

A car crash knocked out power, Internet, phone and cable service to thousands of customers in Casper on Sunday.

The collision broke two power poles on Collins Street near Durbin at about midnight, said Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen. The impact damaged both overhead and underground lines.

Eskelsen wasn’t familiar with the exact configuration of the service lines on Collins Street. But he said it’s commom for cable television and telephone lines to use the same poles.

The crash intially affected 2,719 Rocky Mountain Power customers. The company was able to reroute power and restore service to all but 105 customers with a few hours, Eskelsen said.

Power to the remaining customers was restored just after noon Sunday.

Rocky Mountain Power sent eight workers to the scene. The damage to underground lines contributed to the length of time it took to restore power. Underground repair work generally takes longer, Eskelsen said.

“They probably dispatched two crews because the job was a big one,” he said.

Some Optimum customers lost service Sunday because of a car crash, a company spokeswoman said in an email. The company provides cable, high-speed Internet and phone services.

Media Relations Director Allison Watters didn’t specify how many customers were impacted, or exactly which services were lost.

“We worked to repair our damaged network as quickly as possible and service was expected to be fully restored by late (Sunday) afternoon,” she wrote.

An Optimum customer service representative said the accident severed a fiber optic cable.

Crews from Rocky Mountain Power and Optimum were still working at the scene nearly 12 hours after the crash. Shards of wood from the power poles littered the street and a nearby parking lot. A metal bench was also apparently damaged in the impact.

Details about the crash were unavailable Sunday and police did not respond to a message left with a dispatcher.

Assistant Managing Editor David Mayberry contributed to this report.

Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at Visit to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.

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  1. wyomom
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    wyomom - August 28, 2012 12:36 am
    Ok, what really happened ? Whatever happened, I think the public has the right to know.
  2. Isaboop
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    Isaboop - August 27, 2012 6:42 pm
    It was a police chase.
  3. muddypaws
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    muddypaws - August 27, 2012 4:55 pm
    I don't know where anyone received their information, but I never had tv or internet service until sometime after 3:00 pm or so.
  4. wyomom
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    wyomom - August 27, 2012 12:21 pm
    This must have been quite a car crash and the people in the nearby apartments must have heard or seen it. If the police haven't responded yet...find out why not and get a response! There is no way this accident could cause this much damage and not cause significant damage to the vehicles/people involved! Let's get the whole story guys and let the public know!
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