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Construction Accident in Richland Causes Power Outage

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A construction accident in Richland kills power to several city traffic lights, and knocks out electricity to hundreds of homes and businesses.

Friday, around 1:00 p.m., construction crews working near State Route 240 accidentally cut an underground primary utility wire. That tripped a circuit breaker in a Richland power substation, and killed power to 414 customers and several streets including the intersection at SR 240 and Aaron Drive.

Most people got power after an hour, but nearby businesses, Inland Asphalt and the Richland sewage treatment plant, were out of power for over two hours.

City workers immediately began fixing the problem and restored electricity to all affected areas just after 4 o'clock.