PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Thousands of homes and businesses in parts of Allegheny and Butler counties lost power Tuesday evening.

Rob Lombardo, area manager for Penn Power, says 42,000 customers were without service in the Mars, Jackson Township, Cranberry Township, Wexford and Warrendale areas at the peak of the outage.

He says the outage happened at the Maple Substation around 7:35 p.m. Tuesday. Entire shopping plazas along Route 19 did not have power Tuesday night. Traffic was backed up because traffic lights were out.

“We were actually coming over to Wendy’s and there’s no power anywhere,” Dan Ofchinick, of Cranberry, said. “There’s none at our home, there’s none anywhere. My sister called me – she lives over toward Seven Fields – there’s no power anywhere, so we’re not sure when it’s coming back on.”

Lombardo says crews are on location repairing two downed transmission lines. The cause is still under investigation. So far, Penn Power says 9,000 homes now have electricity.

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