18-wheeler causes power outage in Hattiesburg's Irene Chapel community

18-wheeler causes power outage in Hattiesburg's Irene Chapel community

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Power was knocked out Thursday night to hundreds of Mississippi Power Company customers in the Irene Chapel Community of Hattiesburg when a semi-truck apparently struck a utility pole or tree.

Residents said the incident happened about 9:15 p.m. Mississippi Power Company officials said a power pole was broken and some power lines were knocked down. They said about 500 customers lost power initially, but most had it restored in a few minutes.

At about 10:30 p.m., company officials said less than 50 homes were still without power.  But, they said it could take up to five hours for crews to restore power to the remaining homes.

There were no reported injuries.