VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A vehicle crash knocked out power to thousands of customers in Virginia Beach Friday morning.
Police were called out to the 2200 block of Princess Anne Road just after 10:30 a.m. for the report of a single vehicle crash.
The vehicle crashed into a pole and pulled down power lines. According to Dominion Energy’s outage map, at the height of the outage, the incident knocked out power to more than 4,300 customers in the area. Several schools lost power: Princess Anne Middle School and Princess Anne Elementary School, Christopher Farms Elementary School, Three Oaks Elementary School, and Red Mill Elementary School. Two school administrative buildings also lost power.
The following statement went out to the families of the children in the affected schools:
We want to let you know that electricity was out for several minutes on our campus today due to a power outage in the area. All students remained in their classrooms with teachers and were safe at all times. There are systems in place to handle such occurrences and all staff followed those protocols. The power was restored and all instruction is continuing as usual.Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Police shut down Princess Anne Rd between Cully Farm Road and 3 Oaks Drive in both directions while crews worked on the power line.
We’ll update this article to indicate when the road reopens and power is restored.
As of noon, Dominion confirmed crews restored power to the Virginia Beach Courthouse and all of the nearby schools impacted by the outages.
There is no word yet what caused the crash.
Check WAVY.com for the latest updates.