A major power outage on Fontabelle was triggered when a skip truck accidentally downed a series of lines and poles, setting back operations at the Nation Publishing Company for more than ten hours yesterday.
Crews from the Barbados Light & Power Company Limited and its backup services worked till the wee hours of this morning to restore electricity to Fontabelle after a truck owned by Skip Master snapped a LIME cable at about 2:10 p.m.
Seven poles and eight transformers along the Fontabelle stretch tumbled in the process and plunged the Nation Publishing Company in darkness, instantaneously crashing its computer network and disrupting its services.
The company, which operates every day, was the only business impacted by the problems, with the other operations usually closed on Sundays.
Operations Manager of the Nation Frank Griffith, apologized for today’s late publication, but said there would be no deviation from the quality of the product, which he promised would be a solid and exciting 32-page edition.
An official of the Light & Power Company estimated that it would cost BL&P about $200 000 to cover the damage inflicted on the poles and the transformers.
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