East Macon high-rise evacuated after Gray Hwy. accident leads to blackout

A vehicle hit a utility pole early Thursday morning, leaving parts of east Macon without electricity.

The accident happened in the 1200 block of Gray Highway at Williams Street just before 4:30 a.m.

As several Georgia Power customers lost electricity, a fire alarm went off at McAfee Towers, which also lost electricity, at 1212 Gray Highway.

Macon-Bibb County firefighters found light smoke in the high-rise building and evacuated dozens of residents from their rooms.

One woman was taken to the hospital due to the smoke, said Capt. Tim Johnson of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

Firefighters searched the darkened building for signs of fire and located a smoldering fire in the laundry room.

Electrical service was restored by about 6 a.m. and Georgia Power completed repairs by about 8:30 a.m.

The outage affected WMAZ-TV, which was temporarily off the air and reported other technical difficulties in the wake of the blackout.