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Crash leads to power outages, road closure in northwest Harris County

Houston Chronicle 3/29/2023 Matt deGrood
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A crash involving five vehicles plunged parts of northwest Harris County into darkness overnight and shuttered a roadway for hours while crews worked to restore downed power lines, officials said.

Around 11:30 p.m., several vehicles crashed into each other and forced one into a power line on Veteran Memorial Drive between Beltway 8 and Gears Road, Lt. Lisa Strong of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told On Scene reporters. No one was injured in the crash.

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The falling power line also brought down several other power lines across the road, which killed power to the neighborhood and businesses nearby, Strong said. As of around 6 a.m., about 140 residents were without power in northwest Harris County, according to CenterPoint’s outage tracker. But crews have restored power to more residents in the last 24 hours. It’s not immediately clear how many of those restorations were connected with the downed power lines.

Strong expected the road would remain closed until between noon or 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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