Equipment crash at transmission line led to South Hill power outage, Avista says

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Avista Utilities has identified the cause of Thursday’s sudden outage that left nearly 20,000 people without power on the South Hill.

The utility company attributes the outages to “large equipment” crashing into a transmission line, which shut down two South Hill substations — which further led to the lights shutting off for roughly 18,000 people.

Spokesperson David Vowels says crews were quickly able to reroute power and restore service to their customers. Crews are still on scene fixing damaged equipment.

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