Car collides with utility pole, 1,300 BLP customers without power Monday night

MARQUETTE — Around 1,300 Marquette Board of Light and Power customers in the city of Marquette were without power after a car struck a utility pole along Lakeshore Boulevard Monday night.

The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Monday when a 2003 Toyota struck a utility pole along Lakeshore Boulevard near East Crescent Street due to a “steering issue,” according to the Marquette City Police.

There was a “complaint of injuries” after the accident and occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital by UP Health System EMS, police said.

The power was out from around 9:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m. as BLP staff worked to repair the damage and restore power. The outage impacted customers in north and east Marquette.

The damage has been repaired and officials “don’t expect to need to take any further outages for that incident,” said Ben Collins, manager of distribution engineering services at the Board of Power, noting that while staff may do some additional investigation this week, it’s “nothing any of our customers need to worry about.”


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