Power outage in Suffolk due to tractor-trailer crash

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A tractor-trailer crash Tuesday afternoon in Suffolk initially led to power being knocked out for more than 3,000 homes and businesses. 

The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Portsmouth Blvd. between Prospect Road and Suburban Drive, according to Dominion Energy spokeswoman Bonita Harris. 

The tractor-trailer was leaving East End Baptist Church in the 1000 block of Portsmouth Blvd. when it took down a power line, bringing down four power poles in the process.

The incident cut off power to 3,174 people. As of 3:45 p.m., power had been restored to all but 552 customers. Harris said those customers will likely be in the dark until crews can finish repairs later Tuesday evening. 

The westbound lane of Portsmouth Blvd. was closed to traffic, but the left lane is open, according to Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk. The closure is expected to last several hours as Dominion crews work to replace the damaged poles and lines. 

Two intersections, Nansemond Parkway at Portsmouth Blvd. and Wilroy Road at Constance Road, had their traffic signals knocked out and traffic had to be directed by officers. 

No one was injured in the incident. There’s no word yet on whether the driver will be ticketed.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates. 

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