Crash causes power outage
About 900 Indiana Michigan Power customers, including part of Glenbrook Square and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, were without electricity Tuesday beginning around 12:30 p.m. after a single-vehicle crash downed a pole at Progress and Lima roads.
Traffic snarled as several signals along Lima Road were out of service. Police shut down Lima northbound from Fernhill Avenue and southbound from Washington Center Road and urged afternoon commuters to avoid Lima Road. The driver in the crash was seriously injured, police said.
Power was restored to all but 68 customers in the area of Ley and Industrial roads, and Lima was still closed as of 11:45 p.m.
According to the electric utility’s website, the outage area centered on Wells Street and included the northeast corner of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo at its southern end. The northern border was Ludwig Road just south of Smith Field.
The western edge stretched along Sherman Boulevard past Coliseum Boulevard to the east of Spy Run Creek. The far eastern edge ran just west of Coldwater Road.
Joe Smith, director of animal programs for the zoo, said the outage did not affect zoo operations “in any significant way” and the zoo remained open. However, about 5 percent of buildings, and perhaps one stand in the African village section lost power, he said.
At the mall, a management spokeswoman said some stores did cease sales for some time because registers were not working. She did not know how many stores were affected.