S. Beretania reopens after damaged utility pole is repaired

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An SUV slammed into a utility pole on S. Beretania Street Saturday, knocking out power to nearby residents and businesses.

It happened around noon near the intersection of Piikoi St.

"All of a sudden, I hear 'bang bang' then sparks like electric," said Joann Northcutt.

Northcutt was in her apartment when the power cut off.

"I jumped up and tried to get down here as fast as I can," she said. "Our elevators were kind of going on and off, on and off, it didn't want to stay on."

Customers at American Savings Bank were also affected and staff put up a sign on the front door indicating the branch was temporarily closed.

"I had a customer I was working with and we heard a loud bang, boom then we stand up, look around and the power goes out comes back, then it stayed down," said Charles Phelps, Asst. Branch Manager.

We're told firefighters rescued at least two people stuck inside an elevator at Safeway.

Meanwhile, customers inside continued to shop in the dark.

It's unclear what caused the accident. Police said no major injuries were reported but the impact left 760 customers in the Makiki area without power for about an hour.

HECO said repairs to the damaged utility pole were finished around 10 p.m. Saturday and all lanes of S. Beretania have since reopened.

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