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Route 85 In Boone Remains Reopens; Power Back On

Reported by: Send eMail Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Katelyn Sykes, Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Wes Armstead, Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Dec. 19, 2013 8:52 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 20, 2013 8:45 AM EST


Boone County Wreck
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Madison , Boone County , West Virginia

A Boone County roadway reopened Thursday evening after it was closed for hours due to an accident that occurred that morning.

Route 85 in Madison reopened about 6:30 p.m. The roadway was closed for nearly 10 hours while crews worked to fix a power pole that had been knocked down.

Nearly 1,000 Appalachian Power customers were without service for much of Thursday. All of those customers had service restored by Friday.

Route 85 remained closed Thursday afternoon as utility crews worked to restore service to customers after a vehicle knocked down a power pole and lines across the roadway near Madison.

At 4:45 p.m., Route 85 near WV 17 was still shut down and had been closed for eight hours, the West Virginia Department of Transportation said. Appalachian Power reported on its website that 350 customers remained without service. Nearly 1,000 customers were left without service after the accident happened.

About 1,000 Appalachian Power customers in Boone County were without service after a vehicle struck a power pole on Route 85 in Madison.

Jeri Matheney, communications director for the power company, said the estimated time for service to be restored to those customers is 4 p.m. Thursday. Route 85 is closed while crews repair the damage.

A vehicle struck the power pole Thursday morning, downing the pole and lines across the roadway. A fire hydrant also was knocked off its foundation.

911 said deputies found the driver who left the scene after the wreck. It was unclear whether the driver had been taken into custody.

Appalachian Power and Frontier Communications were reporting Thursday that work to restore service in Boone County in the Route 85 area could take all day.

Route 85 in Madison is closed after a vehicle struck a power pole and downed lines, knocking out power to area businesses and closing several schools in the Madison area.

Appalachian Power said it would take several hours on Thursday to get everything back to normal after a vehicle struck a power pole and downed lines on Route 85 in Madison.

The wreck forced the closure of the road and several schools were sending students home early because of the accident. Power and phone service was knocked out to businesses in the area.

Power company officials said the power pole that was knocked down must be replaced, and two poles that were located next to it also need repairs. A fire hydrant also was knocked off its foundation.

Appalachian Power''s website said 998 customers in Boone County were without service as of 10:35 a.m. It was unclear whether all of those outages are related to the Route 85 wreck.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation said at about 10:30 a.m. that Route 85 was closed from Josephine Avenue to WV 17 for about two hours while crews make repairs.

Several Boone County schools are closing early Thursday after a vehicle struck a power pole, downing the pole and power lines and forcing the closure of Route 85, 911 said.

Emergency dispatchers said Madison Elementary School closed at 9:30 a.m., and Madison Middle School and Scott High School were scheduled to close at 10:30 a.m..

Boone County deputies found the driver whose vehicle hit the power pole, an emergency dispatcher said. It was unclear if the driver, who dispatchers said left the scene of the accident, had been taken into custody.

Boone County deputies have found the driver whose vehicle struck a power pole and fire hydrant, forcing the closure of Route 85 in Madison, 911 said.

It was unclear whether the driver was in custody. An emergency dispatcher said the driver left the scene after the accident.

Meanwhile, Scott High School in Madison is being closed at 10:30 a.m. due to the closure of Route 85, an emergency dispatcher said.

The power pole that was struck and power lines were down in the roadway after the vehicle struck the pole. A fire hydrant that was hit was leaking water.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned for updated on this developing story.

Route 85 in Boone County is shut down after a vehicle struck a power pole and a fire hydrant, 911 said.

An emergency dispatcher said the vehicle hit the power pole and hydrant about 8:20 a.m. Thursday in Madison. The power pole and power lines are across the roadway. The hydrant is leaking water.

Police are looking for the vehicle that sped off after the accident.

Eyewitness News will update this story as more details become available.

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