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Weber county crash takes out power, Internet service

Published April 12, 2014 4:24 pm

Public safety • Service expected to return Saturday evening.
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An early morning rollover in West Haven resulted in knocking out power for three hours Saturday morning to western Weber County and Comcast Internet access to much of Davis County.

According to Lane Findlay, administrative PIO for the Weber County Sheriff's Office, a 17-year-old male Hooper resident was driving his 1997 Dodge pickup to work when the steering locked up. He veered to the left of the roadway near 2100 S. 1900 West, rolling the vehicle.

The accident did extensive damage to power line infrastructure, the meter that operates the light at a major intersection and to Comcast's fiber optic network.

Findlay said the victim was taken to McKay Dee hospital with minor injuries that included cuts on his hands and a mark from the seat belt. He was later released.

"He was fortunate, considering the damage done," said the officer.

Findlay estimated that the accident did about $30,000 damage to Rocky Mountain Power poles and lines, about $100,000 damage to the Comcast fiber optic cables, damaged the stop lights at the intersection, which the Utah Department of Transportation was working to replace and resulted in an hazmat cleanup in an irrigation ditch where antifreeze and oil spilled.

The road was closed for about four hours.

Comcast spokesman Ray Child said Saturday afternoon that customers in Layton, Clearfield, Farmington, Sunset and Roy had internet connections interrupted due to the accident and that crews had been on the scene since Saturday morning trying to restore service.

"The thing about fiber optics cable is that there are many individual fiber strands," he said. "It's a significant project to resplice that cable. It's not just one cable, but smaller strands within the cable."

Child said Comcast service was restored about 4:30 p.m.