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Coal City area without power part of Sunday

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 10:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 11:10 p.m. CDT

COAL CITY – More than 3,000 ComEd customers in the Diamond, Coal City, Morris and Braidwood areas were without power for part of Sunday night.

According to Illinois State Police, a transformer and pole on Interstate 55 near Reed Road caught fire, causing power lines to fall onto the interstate and a three-hour outage for thousands of local customers.

“We had all of Coal City without power,” Matt Fritz, village administrator for Coal City, said Monday. “But most of Coal City had power restored by 8:30 last night.”

I-55 was closed near Reed Road in both directions Sunday night until the lines were repaired and the road was cleared.

Martha Arendt, spokeswoman for ComEd, said lines were down and caused major outages, but said the company was still investigating exactly what caused the lines to fall.

The outage began around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, just before the end of the Chicago Bears game. Arendt said all but 20 customers had power restored within two hours and the remaining 20 got power by 5 a.m. Monday.

“We understand it’s an inconvenience to be without power, especially during the winter months, so we worked to restore it as quickly and safely as we could,” Arendt said.

Fritz said the Coal City Police Department responded to two calls directly related to the outage.

Because street lights throughout the city were out, Fritz said they had one driver miss the entrance to an apartment complex and drive into a ditch.

Police assisted another resident who was in the middle of being power lifted in a power chair when the outage occurred.

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