February 24, 2024

AEP crews work to restore power to customers in the Racine and Letart areas following a traffic crash. Photo by Carrie Rose.

Traffic Accident Leads to Power Outage in Racine Area

RACINE, Ohio – A traffic accident left AEP customers around the Racine area without power for a couple of hours this morning.

On a day where the heat index is supposed to reach 101 and a heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, part of Racine and the Letart Falls area were without power for a few hours.

According to Trooper Williams with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a dump truck driven by Brian Bowling, 61, of Racine, struck a utility pole near Hills Produce in Letart Falls on State Route 124. The pole broke, causing the outage. Trooper Williams said the call came in at 9:41 a.m. of the crash. No injuries were reported.

The roadway was completely closed while AEP workers replaced the pole which also had a transformer on it. The roadway has since reopened and power has been restored.