COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Several power outages left thousands of Colorado Springs residents in the dark on Monday afternoon. Most electricity was restored by 3:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs Utilities said that the outages, caused by a failed transmission line, initially affected about 10,000 customers. Some smaller outages remained on the city's northeast side. See this map for the outage boundaries.
The outages apparently affected an area between the Chapel Hills Mall, north to Powers Boulevard and Highway 83. Police said the outages led to several traffic accidents after signals at intersections went out.
"Drivers are supposed to treat those intersections as four-way stops, and some drivers didn't do that," said an officer at the intersection of Voyager and Interquest Parkways where a three-vehicle accident occurred.
There were no serious injuries reported.
Classes at Pikes Peak Community College's Rampart Range Campus were canceled for the remainder of the day and evening, surprising many students who hadn't heard about the situation.
"I had just finished taking a test and started my class when the lights went out," said one student. "I live an hour away, and was glad it didn't happen after I left."
Some students and even a faculty member expressed relief that classes were canceled. They said it gave them more time to study or prepare for a lesson.
If your power is still out, you're asked to call the utility 448-4800.