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Power restored in Park Forest area

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP — Power was restored to all 1,800 residents in the Park Forest area as of 11:30 a.m. Saturday after electricity was knocked out when a car struck a utility pole Friday night.

Power was quickly restored to most of the residents affected by about 12:30 a.m. after quick work by Allegheny Power crews, said company spokesman Allen Staggers.

Seven residents took advantage of emergency shelter set up by the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross, said Romayne Naylor, the chapter’s emergency services coordinator. While volunteers staffed the shelter at the Alpha Fire Company’s Patton Township headquarters, other Red Cross volunteers ventured into affected neighborhoods to check on residents, Naylor said.

Two utility poles were snapped off in the 1600 block of Circleville Road that had to be replaced, Staggers said. So about 628 residences were without power until about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, he said.

Police identified the three men inside the black Audi sedan as Dmitriy Boyarkin, 22, Yevteniy Bahmetov, 27, and Pavel Kuchminskiy, 20, all of the State College area.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing to determine who was driving, according to Ferguson Township police.

All three men were taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for what appeared to be nonlife-threatening injuries.

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