Accident causes power outage, Route 107 now open

A truck became ensnared in utility wires after it hit a utility pole while trying to make a turn from Route 107 this morning. The accident has caused a power outage from Georgetown Center to Redding Center.

Route 107 was closed between Route 53 and Georgetown Center due to a motor vehicle crash that caused a power outage in most of Redding.  Power is expected to be restored by noon. The road is  now open.

Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said were no injuries. The Connecticut State Police Truck Squad is on scene assisting in inspecting the truck. The accident is under investigation.

Connecticut Light and Power crews were at the scene and working to re-route the circuit. Power was restored around 2 p.m.

Candy Wood, the town’s emergency public information officer, said two CL&P crews from Quebec were diverted from local restoration efforts to work on this power outage. However, Ms. Wood said there are 35 new crews that have arrived from western Massachusetts to complete the restoration effort.  In her latest update, Ms. Wood said by 9 p.m. efforts are expected to bring the town to substantial restoration of power, she said.

Local schools, including Redding, John Read and Joel Barlow High School, were running on generators due to the power outage caused by the accident, and schools remained open, Ms. Wood said. It was determined it was safer to keep the children in school because of potential bus problems getting some children home.

No showers are available at Barlow. The shelter at 195 Danbury Road in Ridgefield is also open for showers.

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  • Scott

    Any thoughts on putting a stop light in this area? It’s a speedway for drivers coming north on 107 heading onto Umpawaug. Every day I travel on this road and I am expecting to get hit.
    I’m glad no one got hurt this time but something needs to be done to slow traffic around that curve.

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