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Mechanical failure at substation knocks out power to 5,000

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The Wilson Post

A mechanical failure at an electrical substation on Eastgate Boulevard caused about 5,500 homes and businesses to lose power for a short period Wednesday afternoon.

Todd Palmer, communications coordinator for Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, said the substation located in the 8000 block of Eastgate Boulevard experienced a mechanical failure or electrical short around 1 p.m. that caused a power outage.

We had what I can only describe as a mechanical failure at the substation, Palmer said.

The incident caused power to go out around Highway 109 and Eastgate Boulevard, as well as in homes west of Lebanon, and outages were also reported in the Providence MarketPlace area of Mt. Juliet. Palmer said in all about 5,500 members were affected.

Traffic lights were out in those areas as well, but he said MTEMC crews on-site had the power back online in about 30 minutes.

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