1,600 on Tucson's south side lose power after truck snags lines - Tucson News Now

Most TEP customers regain power on the south side

The Tucson Fire Department said five power poles were broken in the accident. The Tucson Fire Department said five power poles were broken in the accident.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

TEP officials say only ten TEP customers are without power after power lines were down on the south side earlier today.

A Tucson Electric Power spokesperson says 1,700 TEP customers were without power after a tractor-trailer snagged some power lines just south of downtown Tucson.

Tucson Fire officials are asking drivers to avoid the area near South Osborn Avenue between 22nd and West 25th streets.

Tucson Police officers are directing traffic because many traffic lights in the area are not functioning.

Police say motorists can expect delays from South 10th Avenue to Interstate 10 & 22nd to East 25th streets including the intersections at 22nd St and I-10 and West Congress Street and I-10.

There is no ETA for when the power will be restored.

Captain Barrett Baker with Tucson Fire Department says the truck driver didn't realize he snagged one of the lines and continued to drive. That's when at least four power poles started to come down.

TEP officials are on the scene fixing the problem. Their goal is to get power back up as soon as possible, however they do not have an estimated time of when it'll be restored. 

Tucson News Now's Maria Hechanova will have updates on KOLD News 13 at 5 and 6. She can be followed on Twitter at @MariaHechanova.

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