A single vehicle car accident in East Alton caused 5,250 people to lose power for several hours Saturday evening. Bethalto Police responded to the report of a single vehicle accident at 8 Terminal Drive in East Alton at 5:10 p.m. Police say the driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries after their vehicle struck a utility pole, knocking out power to two substations.
Ameren Illinois Spokesperson Kenny Blum says that crews were well prepared to deal with this type of situation.
Blum also said that most of the outages were reported in Bethalto, however parts of East Alton, Cottage Hills, and Edwardsville also lost power due to the accident. Power was restored to those affected by 7:30 p.m.