Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 newspaper on Page A1.
WELLSTON — A few hundred residents in the City of Wellston spent most of their Thanksgiving Day without electricity, following a crash the evening before that snapped a utility pole in half.
Local first responders were dispatched at 11:03 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, to a crash at East 10th Street and New Hampshire Avenue in Wellston.
Involved in the crash, according to the incident report provided by the Wellston Police Department, was 40-year-old Travis L. Cox, of Wellston.
Cox was traveling east on 10th Street in a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, when he traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. He (Cox) was transported from the scene by Jackson County EMS to Holzer Medical Center in Jackson with suspected minor injuries.
Wellston Police Chief John A. Robinson told The Courier that the case is still under investigation, but believed that alcohol may have reportedly been a factor.
American Electric Power (AEP) was dispatched to the scene, however, crews advised officials that they had “timed out” for the day. Earlier that same day, crews were out and about due to high call volumes relating to power outages from high winds.
The AEP outage map showed that 271 people were without power for an extended amount of time. The outage covered most of the east side of Wellston.
Reportedly, AEP crews started the repair process at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. The estimated restoration time was initially noon, but that time was pushed back two hours, with the majority of customers having power restored around 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.