KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 31, 2007 – About 130 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority were plunged into darkness Tuesday morning after a one-car accident left the vehicle on top of a 13,200-volt padmount switchgear box.
The bizarre accident occurred at 6:22 a.m. in The Oaks subdivision, adjacent to the community clubhouse on The Oaks Boulevard in Kissimmee. The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica veered off the road, plowed through a row of shrubbery and landed on top of the one-ton electrical box. Electrical service to the neighborhood was lost at that time.
KUA crews responded and temporarily backfed the affected customers. Power was restored at 9:10 a.m.
Once the car was safely removed by a towing company, utility crews began the process of replacing the switchgear box.
The car is a rental vehicle owned by Dollar Rental of Tampa, Fla.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent