(Update) Large Power Outage Reported in Toms River and Berkeley Township
A car accident on Route 37 and Bananier Drive takes out electricity to over 2,000 JCP&L customers. A utility spokesperson says most of their customers had electricity restored before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. However, about ten customers aren't expected to have power restored until around midnight.
The accident interrupted electricity along the Route 37 corridor mostly affecting customers in Berkeley and the south-eastern section of Toms River Townships. Scattered outages were also reported in South Toms River and Manchester. The JCP&L outage map had placed the estimated power restoration time at around 9 p.m.
Witnesses say a Cadillac struck a utility pole next to a Shell gas station and Wells Fargo bank branch at around 5 p.m., taking down power lines, igniting trees and causing small explosions. The driver reportedly survived.
In the future power outages can be reported in a number of ways to JCP&L. You can report outages on the First Energy web site that you can access by clicking Here. You can also communicate to by Facebook using their Outage Reporting Tab .. Here, texting to 544487 and texting the word "Out" or calling 1-888-LIGHTSS or 1-888-544-4877.