May 5, 2016

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Cut cable in Elyria knocks out Oberlin Internet service

An eastbound car that crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of North Abbe and Burns roads in Elyria about 5:10 a.m. Sunday caused a loss of Internet service for about 3,500 Oberlin Co-op Internet customers in Oberlin and New Russia Township.

Firefighters accidentally cut fiber-optic cables when removing wires from the car, according to a Co-op spokesman, who wouldn’t give his name. He said service was restored about 4 p.m.

The driver fled, according to Elyria police Sgt. Richard Buckway. Traffic was diverted from the intersection until about 3:30 p.m.