EXETER -- A power outage in Exeter Monday morning was brief, but it was enough to cause some confusion and may even be to blame for a crash.
Traffic lights were out at one of the busiest intersections in Exeter. Police say that caused two drivers to crash into one another on Wyoming and Schooley Avenues.
Raymond Heil of Exeter was trying to cross the street at the time.
"I said, 'I see it coming! Bang! Here it goes.' And that was it," Heil said.
PPL cut power around 9:45 a.m. because there was a cable fire. While crews worked to fix that, traffic lights were down.
Police said both drivers passing through the intersection believed they had the right of way.
"The gray pickup came this way, and the red one came this way, and the lights were not working, and they just collided right in the middle," explained Heil.
There were no serious injuries, but the utility truck caused some minor damage by hitting a nearby building. PPL told Newswatch 16 that police should have had someone directing traffic during the outage. Police say PPL should have handled it.
"I guess when there's no traffic lights, you've got to be very, very careful, and I don't know who has the right of way or not," said Bob Borzell of Wyoming.
Regardless, people say the crash goes to show drivers they need to slow down, especially in this part of town.
"Even with the lights working correctly, everybody runs through the lights anyhow, lots of them. I see it every day," added Borzell.
Nearly 780 homes and businesses lost power for about two hours. Power was restored by noon.