POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2009 - 5:41am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm
The power outage was caused by a car that crashed into an electric pole. The crash happened in Socorro, knocking out power sporadically from the Lower Valley all the way to Santa Teresa, NM.
The damaged electric pole carries high voltage of electricity to neighborhoods all over the Borderland. Newschannel 9 has learned two electric lines touched causing a safety mechanism to shut down all power on those lines.
A spokesperson for El Paso Electric says about 100,000 people were without power .It took electric crews about three hours to get power back up and running.