Approximately 900 residential and business customers primarily on the east side of McAlester were without electrical power for a couple of hours on Saturday night.

The outage occurred after a truck hit a guy wire at 17th Street and Wyandotte Avenue, according to Frank Phillips, of the Public Service of Oklahoma office in McAlester.

“When the truck hit the wire, it tore out the switches” at the site, Phillips said.

The outage occurred around 9:30 p.m.. Phillips said. “We got everybody back on by 11:30 p.m.”

A number of restaurants and businesses along the George Nigh Expressway were affected by the outages

Phillips said that even after PSO workers restored the power to the customers, it took until 2 a.m. to repair all the damage.

Another outage occurred on Sunday morning in the area of West Harrison Avenue.

“We had a squirrel get in the line and it blew a fuse on a transformer,” Phillips said.

That resulted in an outage to about 24 customers from around 7 a.m. until 8:47 a.m., Phillips said.

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