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Power restored to 60 customers affected after car crashes against utility pole

A car crashed into a pole on C.R. 40, knocking down power lines and deactivating several stoplights around the area. The accident caused about 2,000 NIPSCO customers to lose power.

Posted on Feb. 20, 2014 at 5:38 p.m.

GOSHEN – Power was restored to the last 60 customers in Goshen, Millersburg and Middlebury Friday morning after a car crashed into a pole and knocked down power lines on C.R. 40 Thursday, Feb. 20.

According to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Christopher Sanca, 24, of Millersburg, was traveling east on C.R. 40, west of C.R. 37 when he saw a vehicle heading west driving down the middle of the road.

Sanca went off the road on the south side of C.R. 40 to avoid the vehicle and lost control of his car. Sanca's car then went off the north side of the road, hitting a NIPSCO utility pole.

Jill Perillo, NIPSCO's manager of public affairs, said about 1,800 people were without power after the crash, which happened sometime after 4 p.m.

Some businesses in Goshen, including Walmart, Menards and Arby's on Lincolnway Avenue, were affected by the power outage for about two hours.

However, all but 60 customers' lines were transferred to other circuits while NIPSCO worked on setting a new pole.

The other 60 customers had their power restored just before noon Friday, Perillo said.

Sanca had no visible injuries, but he was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital for a medical evaluation.

Sharon Hernandez contributed to this report. 


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