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Truck accident takes out cable



Published: Wed, April 17, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A truck accident Tuesday morning left customers in two states without many of their basic cable channels and computer cable access.

More than 25,000 Adelphia cable customers in New Castle and Hermitage, Pa., and Struthers lost access to channels when a truck took out more than 500 feet of fiber-optic cable.

Lou Abraham, Adelphia general manager, said most satellite channels were not affected, but some New Castle customers lost all service.

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Croton and Washington streets.

The 500 feet of cable "had about 268 fibers, so you can imagine the repairs," Abraham said.

He noted that crews were on the scene within 30 minutes.

Still lacking service

Abraham said today about 2,300 customers were still without cable and high-tech data service in Lawrence County. He said the service should be restored around 5 p.m.

Hermitage and Struthers cable television subscribers had their service restored by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Police cited the tractor-trailer driver Clair Robinson, 72, of Hazen Street, New Castle, for the accident.

They said Robinson was attempting to turn left into an alley off of West Washington Street when the trailer caught the cable line and pulled it. The cable line eventually snapped, taking down a traffic signal, police said.




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