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The Bennington Police Department directs traffic during a power outage Friday afternoon that affected traffic lights from the Four Corners to Northside Drive.

BENNINGTON >> Power outages across Bennington affected residents and visitors alike on Friday afternoon, as traffic lights across town stopped working for a few minutes.

Just prior to 2 p.m., traffic signals from the Four Corners to Northside Drive went dark. The Bennington Police Department sent officers to direct traffic, with the Bennington Rural Fire Department assisting on Northside Drive. The lights all came back online within ten minutes.

A group of people were trapped in the elevator at the Bennington Battle Monument during the outage. Bennington Village Fire Department was called in to assist, but the power came back on before the truck could arrive.

BPD Chief Paul Doucette said that the outage affected all the traffic lights on Northside Drive, as well as on North Street. He confirmed that power was also out at the Battle Monument and the State Office Complex. "It created turmoil for about ten minutes," he said, "Traffic is already heavy because it's a Friday afternoon, and we're getting into foliage season." Doucette said that the causes of the outage are still being investigated.

Green Mountain Power said that an outage in Bennington at that time affected 88 customers. "We were able to restore the power remotely," said GMP Spokesperson Dorothy Schnure, "but we still have people looking into what caused it."

Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.