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Lights out! Crash illuminates highway problem

ODOT says street lights out since last week
Posted: 5:05 PM, Mar 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-22 21:05:29Z

AVON, Ohio — A broken down car was hit from behind on a stretch of Interstate 90 near Nagel Road where the Ohio Department of Transportation says street lights haven't been working.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Police say a car lost a tire and was stuck in the middle lane on the westbound side of the highway.

Investigators say an off-duty Cleveland police officer saw the car and got the driver to the shoulder just minutes before the sedan was hit by another car.

No one was hurt, but the crash closed the interstate for about an hour.

An ODOT spokeswoman says the agency learned the lights were out above the interstate last week. Crews traced the problem to the power supply.

ODOT says the utility company notified the state last night that the issue had been resolved, but video from the scene of the crash showed the lights weren't working.

On Friday, after 5 On Your Side Investigators starting asking questions, ODOT sent crews back to the area and confirmed the lights still were without power.

ODOT says First Energy is the power company in charge of the circuit. A First Energy spokesman said he'd look into what went wrong and when the lights would be working again.

The crash remains under investigation.