A wreck Monday evening left thousands in the Rosewood area without power for about 40 minutes
Columbia firefighters responded to an electrical fire near the Shandon Crossing subdivision off of South Beltline Boulevard near the road's intersection with Rosewood Drive.
Columbia Fire Capt. Richard Allen said that the fire was started when a car collided with a utility pole on the road, causing a transformer to catch fire shortly after 6 p.m. Allen said he didn't know the driver's condition, but said no one was transported to a hospital in the incident. Four fire trucks responded to the scene.
South Carolina Electric and Gas was able to restore power to the area about 40 minutes after the crash. A spokesman with SCE&G said that about 2,800 customers were without power while crews repaired the transformer. During the outage, Columbia police had to direct traffic at Rosewood Drive and South Beltline Boulevard, because traffic signals at the intersection were without power.
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¯R. Darren Price