Utility Pole-Vehicle Accident Leaves Residents Without Power

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities crews were called out over the weekend to deal with electric distribution issues.

As a result of a vehicle-utility pole accident, BPU electric customers on the north side of Jamestown Saturday night experienced “brown outs,” beginning around 6 p.m., with full power restored by around 9:15 p.m.

A utility pole on the corner of Buffalo Street and Lakeview Avenues was struck by an automobile that broke a guy wire attached to the pole. The jarring of the pole caused an electrical connection to fail, creating the electric brown outs. Once the initial problem was resolved, a secondary, related failure occurred when the line was re-energized, extending the restoration effort.

Later, voltage fluctuations and disturbances were reported throughout the BPU electric system early Sunday morning. Problems began around 1:45 a.m. and ended by around 6:30 a.m. Some abnormalities occurred during this period, causing blinking lights and other similar issues. The fluctuations were caused by a National Grid transmission line problem in the Buffalo area which impacted the Jamestown BPU distribution system.