Medical Center shut down by power pole accident

Providence Medical Center across from power pole. (John Stoeckl/News 10)

Many lost power and communications when a tractor-trailer struck a power pole in Central Point around noon Thursday.

Providence Medical Clinic had to shut down for the remainder of the day.

Providence Medical Clinic building manager Eric Leal remembered the event well.

“When I came out to see what was going on, power lines were laying on the ground.” Leal said. “There were some explosions when the power lines were ripping from the pole. It seemed like they were arcing. It was pretty dangerous over there.”

Leal said they jumped into action moving staff to other facilities to call patients to cancel appointments. Anyone that was emergent was diverted to other facilities. "We see up on the second floor anywhere from 150 to 200 patients a day.” Leal said. “And we lost power and everything right at lunchtime.”

The facility closed for the remainder of the day. Power came back on around 7 p.m. that evening. Leal said they had to do some resetting in the morning, but overall everything was back online Friday.

Crews continued to restore fiber optic which continued to cause outages most of the day primarily in the Central Point area.

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