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Accidents causes large power outage in southeast Columbia

A series of accidents caused power outages and traffic delays on Garners Ferry Road near the VA Hospital and surrounding areas.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A series of accident on Garners Ferry Road, near the VA Hospital, snarled traffic and caused power outages in a large section of southeast Columbia on Monday afternoon. 

Columbia police say an accident on VA Hospital property resulted in drooping power lines across Garners Ferry Road. On Monday afternoon, an 18-wheeler driving on Garners Ferry Road struck the sagging power lines. 

A video taken from the scene showed a power line sparking outside the Wendy's store. After a few minutes, there was a small explosion on the power line. 

According to the Dominion Energy's outrage map, 2,238 customers were affected be the outage, from lower Richland all the way to the Rosewood Drive area.

As of 5 p.m., both Columbia police and Dominion Energy remained on the scene. 

Approximately 500 customers remain without power as of 5 p.m., according to Dominion Energy. There is no word on when power will be restored.  

Columbia police continue to assist with traffic flow.

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