Deadly crash affects Redlands businesses, neighbors

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Crews worked late in the day Wednesday to restore power poles in the Redlands that were knocked down in a crash that killed one person.

It happened around midnight on Broadway near Village Way.

Many were without power, and left with finding alternate routes to work and school. While Redlands Middle and Broadway Elementary schools did not lose power, the crash created several detours for school buses and parents trying to drop their children off.

"We had to create a route for parents and buses to be able to get here in a safe manner," said Tim Leon the director of safety and security for School District 51.

Xcel Energy said a majority of residents in the area were left without power.

The detours and congestion caused some businesses to see a dip in traffic, as well.

"Usually Wednesdays are my busiest day. It wasn't today. It's quiet, very quiet," said Debbie Hansow the owner, of Monument Village Coffee Shop.

For a small business, having no power affects their bottom line.

"I couldn't take credit cards, so I have a list of people who owe me," Hansow said. "But, I'm sure they'll be back to pay me."

Four crews worked to replace three electric poles that were hit.

"We keep on hand several different pieces of our asset of our structure in the event of an accident or something like that," a spokesperson for Xcel Energy said.

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