SPRINGFIELD – Police said a man was killed during Saturday’s snowstorm when he exited his car in the area of 1312 Parker St. and touched an electrified wooden guardrail.
Police Capt. William Collins said he had no additional information about the accident.
“We are losing power and there are wires and trees down all over the city,” Collins said.
The unusual October snowstorm was causing chaos throughout the Pioneer Valley as the snow tore down wires and trees, causing rampant power outages in cities and towns.
Western Massachusetts Electric Co. spokeswoman Sandra Ahearn said approximately 24,000 customers were without power as of 5 p.m. in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.
“The largest concentration is in the city of Springfield with13,000,” Ahearn said. “There is a lot of tree damage. We are anticipating a multi-day event. The damage is pretty severe. There may not have power for a few days.”
“The part that’s particularly troublesome is the full leaf canopy. It just pulls the heavy wet snow and weighs everything down and causes tree limbs to break and take down lines with it,” Ahearn added.
She said additional crews have been requested to help repair the lines. National Grid also was reporting approximately 23,000 customers without power in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties.
“We’ll be working at this until we get all of our customers back,” National Grid spokeswoman Jackie Barry said.