WEEKI WACHEE — Some 1,500 households in Weeki Wachee and Hernando Beach were without power for about six hours Friday as crews repaired utility poles knocked down by a car.
About 9 a.m., a single vehicle brought down two poles and cracked a third near the intersection of Shoal Line Boulevard and Richard Drive, said David Lambert, spokesman for the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative.
Withlacoochee already was in the process of upgrading the system in that area to allow power to be brought in from another source in the event of such an outage.
That work had yet to be completed, however, which is why some 1,500 customers were without power until about 4:30 p.m., Lambert said.
"We brought in extra crews to get power on as quickly as we can, but we definitely have had our share of difficulties," he said.
Authorities restricted access to that stretch of Shoal Line Boulevard while the repair work was under way.
The woman driving the car suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, according to Spring Hill Fire Rescue.
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