Manchester Avenue NW (state Route 93) is closed from Lincoln Way to Wooster Street. The roadway will remained closed for about six to eight hours.
TUSCARAWAS TWP. A tree service felled a tree onto utility lines Wednesday, causing Ohio Edison customers to be left in the dark, including students at Tuslaw Local Schools, the North Lawrence Fire Department said.
Between 21 to 100 customers had no power shortly before noon after several utility poles were snapped when the tree fell on lines at Manchester Avenue NW and Fairland Avenue NW.
The downed poles and utility lines closed Manchester Avenue NW (state Route 93) from Lincoln Way to Wooster Street.
By 6 p.m., power was restored to all customers, an Ohio Edison representative said.
However, crews expected that motorists would experience delays into the early evening while they replaced the damaged poles.
Working Incident: Tree/Poles/Wires Down
Location: Manchester/Fairland Ave NW
Truck 6 and Engine 7 (B-Shift) are working…
Posted by NORTH LAWRENCE FIRE DEPARTMENT onWednesday, September 9, 2020
North Lawrence Fire Department spokesman Brandon Johnston said they responded to the incident just before noon.
Emergency crews remained on the scene for hours with Ohio Edison, Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, he said.
It appears a tree service was cutting down a tree when it toppled onto the utility lines causing at least four utility poles to snap and crash to the roadway, Johnston said. Workers fled the scene, he said.
It was unclear Wednesday if any law enforcement agency was investigating the incident.
Several residents and businesses were without power, including the schools. A Facebook message from the district indicated the power was out at all three buildings, but it would continue with instruction and buses would arrive on the normal schedule.
Power was restored quickly for those north of Fairland including the schools – but power remained out longer for those south of the roadway including the Marathon gas station at the intersection of Manchester and Lincoln Way.
“It’s just a mess,” Johnston said while at the scene in the afternoon.