Car crash cuts power at Kimball Junction |

Car crash cuts power at Kimball Junction

By Patrick Parkinson, of The Record staff

Thousands of Rocky Mountain Power customers in the Snyderville Basin were without lights Saturday night when a vehicle in the Kimball Junction area struck an electrical box.

The crash required firefighters extricate the driver from the vehicle, Park City Fire District Battalion Chief Ray Huntzinger said. Huntzinger did not have immediate details about the seriousness of the driver’s injuries.

Mostly customers in the Park City area were affected by the outage, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Jeff Hymas said.

The outage occurred at about 8 p.m. and crews were beginning to restore power to customers by about 9:38 p.m., Hymas explained.

Throughout the night, about 1,000 customers in mainly Jeremy Ranch were without power until crews fully restored electricity in the Snyderville Basin at about 6:34 a.m., Hymas said.

"That’s a relatively large outage for a vehicle accident," Hymas said Monday. "The size of the outage in those situations is determined by the extent of the damage."

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The electrical box the vehicle hit also contains equipment used to reroute power in the event of an electrical outage, Hymas explained.