Truck accident knocks out pole in State College, power outage expected

December 11, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A vehicle accident on Calder Way in State College this morning (Dec. 11) sheared off a utility pole, causing emergency crews to respond and West Penn Power to shut off electricity in the immediate area for several hours. The power outage will affect a large number of people living in off-campus housing in the downtown area. There is no report available on the driver's condition.

State College Borough Public Works crews and police, along with electric supplier West Penn Power responded to the accident and reported that electricity would need to be cut off in a large segment of downtown State College so that repairs could begin. Officials expect power to be out from 10:30 a.m. to noon in areas along both College and Beaver avenues, and all side streets in between. Depending on the damage caused by the vehicle accident, that core area of downtown may need to be extended beyond Beaver Avenue. People living in apartment complexes are urged to use the stairs, since the elevators will be non-functioning.

Students living in the downtown core area affected by this emergency power outage, can seek shelter in the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) on campus if temperatures within their homes become chilly.



Last Updated February 08, 2012