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Second traffic accident this month causes power outage in downtown Park Rapids

Four hundred Park Rapids customers were without power early Sunday morning when a car struck a power pole downtown.

The outage began shortly before 1:30 a.m., said Minnesota Power spokesperson Kelley Eldien. Power was restored to 90 percent of the customers after an hour, but power officials had to take the city off power again around 7 a.m. to complete repairs.

Power was fully restored by 7:20 a.m.

This is the second traffic accident to cause a downtown power outage this month.

On Sept. 3, a freak accident, in which a boom truck snagged a power line on Seventh Street South, caused 1,600 customers to lose power for nine hours.

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