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Power restored to Rescue Mission Ministries after vehicle crashes into utility pole

Power restored to Rescue Mission Ministries after vehicle crashes into utility pole

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Rescue Mission Ministries scrambled to provide breakfast for 300 people Wednesday morning after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole and knocked out their power. 

The homeless shelter was one of 115 customers left without electricity until 2:30 p.m. after a driver wrecked near Jamison Avenue and 9th Street. Appalachian Power spokeswoman Teresa Hamilton Hall said the crash occurred shortly after midnight. The wreck broke the pole, forcing crews to shut off power at about 4:20 a.m. 

Hall said 620 customers were initially affected by the crash, but were switched over to another network. The remaining 115 customers affected had to wait for crews to switch out the utility pole, a lengthy process that took nearly 12 hours. 

Tracy Altizer, the Rescue Mission's director of development, said the organization still provided a morning meal for their residents thanks to supplies donated by Kroger at the Towers Shopping Center.

"Kroger at Towers was generous to donate milk, so we had cereal and milk," Altizer said. "We only needed seven gallons, but they said we could come back if we needed more."

Altizer said the Rescue Mission provided sandwiches for lunch due to the outage. 

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