KU customers experience power outage following construction accident

Published: Apr. 23, 2016 at 8:17 AM EDT
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Hundreds of Kentucky Utilities customers were affected by an early morning power outage in Lexington.

The Lexington Fire Department tells WKYT the outage was caused after a construction worker operating a crane struck a group of nearby power lines near the intersection of Todds Road and Autumn Ridge Drive around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Crews say the crash snapped the utility pole and caused live power lines to fall on the crane, trapping the worker inside.

In order to remove the trapped worker safely, firefighters had KU shut off all power in the Andover Hills area. We're told at least 120 residential customers were affected.

Around 10 a.m., crews successfully removed the crane operator without injury.

KU officials say it could take around five hours for all power to be restored. Crews must remove the damaged utility pole and install a new one.

Lexington Police advise motorists avoid the intersection of Todds Road and Forest Hill Drive as all lanes will be closed until KU finishes installing the utility pole.