Note: This story was updated at 8:30 p.m.
A large electrical transmission tower was knocked down in a crash at Union Valley Road and South Illinois Avenue on Friday, and widespread power outages were reported.
Power went out in sections of Oak Ridge at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Stoplights were not operating, and South Illinois Avenue was closed to traffic in a section north and south of the University of Tennessee Arboretum. Traffic was backed up for miles, and drivers were redirected to alternate routes.
A heavily damaged white pickup truck was at the crash site. An overturned Bobcat was behind the pickup truck.
The City of Oak Ridge said the pickup truck hit the transmission tower. The driver of the truck involved in the crash and a passenger had injuries that were not life-threatening, the city said. Both were taken to local hospitals.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.[Read more…]