BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) — Power was knocked out in the College Hill section of Beaver Falls and some neighboring areas, after a large oak tree being removed to make way for a church parking lot came down onto Fourth Avenue, taking down power lines with it.
Linda Gossard was caught in her apartment with her little baby when the power went out, she said “I guess they were cutting a tree down, and it fell the wrong way, landing in the middle of the road.”READ MORE: Pennsylvania Lawmaker Introduces Bill That Makes It Illegal For Any Employer To Require Workers To Be Vaccinated
“We were up in Meadville visiting some friends, and we hit home around seven, and we found this mess. We had to break into our house because our garage door wouldn’t come up,” Sherry Allen told KDKA TV’s Ralph Iannotti.
As Duquesne Light crews worked to repair the downed and damaged wires, among the places affected by outage were Geneva College, and the nearby College Inn Apartment complex, several traffic lights in the immediate area were knocked out as well.READ MORE: City Of Washington Police Chief Says He Wants Body Cameras Before A Review Board
When the tree and wires came down, the rear window of a car was smashed. A woman driving the vehicle narrowly missed being hit herself.
The power failure forced the College Hill Pharmacy to close early and make contingency plans.
“We’re going to try to do the best we can for our customers, even if’s calling doctors and other pharmacies to transfer their prescriptions,” said Katharine Roush, who works at the pharmacy.MORE NEWS: New Stanton Drug Bust Turns Up More Than $1 Million Worth Of Cocaine And Heroin
Duquesne Light said by about 10 p.m., an estimated 800 customers had gotten their power restored. Another 200 customers would have to wait until around midnight for restoration.