Parkland Press

Thursday, October 17, 2019
ABOVE: PPL Lineman Kyle Bushner uses a long pole to flip on an oil circuit recloser on a pole at the corner of Walbert Avenue and 25th Street, South Whitehall, after a squirrel caused a power outage. ABOVE: PPL Lineman Kyle Bushner uses a long pole to flip on an oil circuit recloser on a pole at the corner of Walbert Avenue and 25th Street, South Whitehall, after a squirrel caused a power outage.
RIGHT: The culprit was this dead squirrel which knocked out power in part of South Whitehall after climbing on top a transformer in the 1500 block of 28th Street.PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANT RIGHT: The culprit was this dead squirrel which knocked out power in part of South Whitehall after climbing on top a transformer in the 1500 block of 28th Street.PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANT

Something was squirrelly in South Whitehall Twp

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Susan Bryant sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

Nothing can change a day in a newspaper office more than a power outage.

As this reporter arrived around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to the Parkland Press office, 1633 N. 26th St., South Whitehall Township, I learned the power in the area went out around 7:30 a.m.

After tracking down a PPL electric utility truck driven by Brian Walter, a lineman with the company, the cause of the outage was revealed.

“A squirrel took out the line,” Walter said.

“It climbed on top of the transformer and was electrocuted.”

Walter said when the squirrel climbed onto the transformer in the 1500 block of 28th Street, it tripped the switch before being knocked to the ground.

“The power outage has affected 140 customers in the area,” Walter stated.

Soon, PPL lineman Kyle Bushner flipped the switch at the corner of Walbert Avenue and 25 Street and power was restored to customers around 9:30 a.m.