Railway work causes city power blackout
Posted By KYLE REA TIMES-JOURNAL
k near the First Avenue overpass near Wellington Street knocked out power Monday to thousands of homes in St. Thomas for almost 20 minutes.
Larry Martin, operations manager for St. Thomas Energy, says a crew was performing work on the railroad tracks near the First Avenue bridge about 3:15 p.m., using a vehicle he described as similar to a backhoe with a large boom crane.
“When they were making the boom go up and down, they managed to put it up into the line. When they made contact, that damaged the line and put the power out,” he said, noting it was a 27,000-volt line. “Miraculously enough, nobody was injured.”
It knocked out power to west and south St. Thomas for about 15 minutes. Martin noted there was a delay because nobody called to report the downed line, and they didn’t want to turn the power back on for the city until they found out what was wrong.
Power was restored quickly and crews wrapped up repair work on the line around 6:30 p.m.