Equipment failure and crash cut power on Martha’s Vineyard Friday


Two unrelated power outages left thousands of Martha’s Vineyard houses and businesses briefly without power last Friday.

According to NSTAR spokesman Caroline Prettyman, an equipment failure knocked out power in Oak Bluffs, including the downtown business district, at 10:38 am.

The outage affected approximately 5,000 NSTAR customers.

“We had 4,500 back on in 10 minutes,” Ms. Prettyman said. “The remainder were back in about an hour.”

At 1 pm, Friday a car hit a utility pole on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road and knocked power out for 2,600 up-Island homes and businesses.

“We had 2,000 customers back in three minutes,” Ms. Prettyman said. “About 485 were back in two hours.”

She said crews were working to replace the telephone pole, in order to restore power to about 85 homes that remained without electricity late Friday afternoon.

Carolyn Spengler, 72, of West Tisbury, driving a red, 2007 Honda CRV, veered off the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road near the Deep Bottom entrance and hit the utility pole. The pole snapped in half, and wires dangled over the center of the road.

EMTs took Ms. Spengler to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

NSTAR shut off power in the area, and police detoured traffic through the Deep Bottom subdivision. Police are investigating.