Yi Kwan Wong of Tewksbury, shopping with his daughter Kailey Wong, 2, and bagger Eric Brown, 18, of Tewksbury, fill his cart as cashier Valerie Fisher of Tewksbury rings up another customer, as the Oakdale Plaza Market Basket in Tewksbury operates on backup generator power around 6 p.m. while waiting as National Grid works to restore power. Employes said power had been going off and on since about 3 p.m., and they had heard the outage was caused by a car hitting a pole on Shawsheen Street. The traffic signal at Main Street and Shawsheen Street was also out, as well as the rest of Oakdale Plaza. (SUN/Julia Malakie)
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TEWKSBURY -- About 4,000 electric customers in the south part of town were without power Thursday afternoon and evening, according to police.
There were conflicting reports of the cause. A National Grid spokeswoman said the outage was due to an accident on Shawsheen Street, while Tewksbury police said National Grid representatives at the scene said the outages were unrelated.
The accident, which took place on near Compass Lane at around 2:30 p.m., knocked down a utility pole.
No one involved was seriously injured.
About 4,000 customers were without power at its peak, National Grid spokeswoman Chris Milligan said.
All customers had power restored by 7 p.m., she said.