West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers told Triblive that at about 2:12 p.m. a truck backed into a utility pole near Red Lobster and knocked down utility wires, interrupting power to about 500 customers in the area. A portion of the mall, Eastgate Plaza and other customers along the stretch are impacted, he said.

“Our crews are out there right now attempting to repair that. We believe that power will be restored very shortly,” Meyers said at 3:20 p.m.

Meanwhile, firefighters and state police responded to a two-vehicle accident along the stretch that was slowing traffic in both directions, according to Westmoreland County dispatchers.

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