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Accident downs utility pole, knocks out power in North Charleston

The crash knocked down a utility pole on Dorchester Road and sparked a fire. (Source: John Norton) The crash knocked down a utility pole on Dorchester Road and sparked a fire. (Source: John Norton)
SCE&G crews work to restore power and repair power lines. (Source: John Norton) SCE&G crews work to restore power and repair power lines. (Source: John Norton)
The crash was reported on Dorchester Road at approximately 6:15 p.m. (Source: John Norton) The crash was reported on Dorchester Road at approximately 6:15 p.m. (Source: John Norton)
North Charleston Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene, along with SCE&G crews. (Source: John Norton) North Charleston Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene, along with SCE&G crews. (Source: John Norton)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A car crash damaged a power pole near Joint Base Charleston leaving a few thousand people without power for a short time Sunday evening. 

The downed power lines sparked a fire on the roadway next to a vehicle, according to video obtained by a witness at the scene. 

The crash was reported in the 6700 block of Dorchester Road at 6:15 p.m., Charleston County dispatchers said.

Dorchester Road was blocked off while SCE&G crews worked to make sure the downed lines were de-energized. Traffic was reportedly backed up for a half-mile before the roadway reopened.

Some SCE&G customers said their power was only off for a few minutes. 

At 6:19 p.m., SCE&G's outage map was reporting 3,478 without power. But within a few minutes, that number had dropped to 1,391, according to SCE&G spokesperson Rhonda O'Banion. 

Power has since been restored with the exception of a few pockets of customers. At 7:25 p.m., SCE&G reported that less than 80 customers were still without power.

North Charleston Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

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