DUDLEY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Saturday morning, the Dudley Police Department said a bolt of lightning struck a tree and ultimately caused a blackout for a brief moment, while longer-term damages cannot be fixed until the holiday weekend is over.
Officials say the lightning hit a tree and utility pole on Village Street near the intersection with West Main Street in Dudley. Police told WBZ NewsRadio in a statement that the road was closed for several hours while crews worked to re-open the street, restoring power to the area.
Because the traffic control box for the lights at the intersection suffered damage, signals will be in "flashing" mode until repairs can be made. However, since the incident occurred over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, crews may not be able to make the fix for several days.
DPD says the intersection can be quite busy for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic and asks residents to use caution when traveling in that area.