Mar 14, 2013 8:48 PM by Erika Flores
TUCSON--A dumpster truck near Oracle and Grant clipped overhead lines, breaking power poles and causing power outages in the area Thursday morning.
3,600 people were without power when the accident happened.
For most customers, the light was back on in an hour or so after TEP got on scene, but internet and phone service were still down for half the day for surrounding businesses like Harris Mobile Home Sales on Oracle near Saguaro and Sharp's Transmissions & Auto on Saguaro and 13th.
For the auto shop, appointments had to be cancelled because they had trouble getting parts delivered to their shop because of road closures and lack of internet and phone.
"I couldn't see to verify the part that I needed on the internet like we usually do, so instead of having two ways of getting the parts and making sure we have the right thing it was over the phone hopefully it's the right thing until we get it to figure out what's going on with it," said a worker with the shop.
As for Harris Mobile Home Sales they had a closing on a mobile home ad couldn't send the documents needed for the closing.
"Everything was out. I went inside and I didn't really realize the severity of it until I went inside and nothing was working, and then I went back out and saw what actually really happened," said the owner.
Around noon, these businesses did get their phone and Internet up and running.
They were a bit begin schedule because of the outage, but they said it could have been much worse if there was a longer outage.
There will be traffic restrictions until 6 a.m. Friday near Grant and Oracle so crews can finish replacing the power lines.
Southbound travel on Oracle Road is being detoured to either eastbound or westbound Grant Road. Those traveling northbound on Oracle Road are being diverted to either Speedway Boulevard or Drachman Street.
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