Butte Falls phone service restored after fatal crash

BUTTE FALLS — Telephone service has been fully restored to the Butte Falls area nearly two days after it was knocked out by a fatal car crash that involved a utility pole near the intersection of Highway 62 and Butte Falls Highway, officials said.

The accident disrupted telephone service, including 9-1-1 service, and high-speed Internet connections in an area serving 500 to 600 customers of provider Century Link. A representative said that equipment destroyed in the wreck would have to be rebuilt before service could be restored.

"The service was restored at around 4 p.m. (Wednesday)," said Century Link spokesman Tony Timmons. "The crews worked around the clock to get this done. We appreciate their hard work and the patience of the community."

The crash killed 73-year-old James Willard Hager, who lived in Shady Cove. His car crossed two lanes of Highway 62 and hit a utility pole, said Andrea Carlson, a spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Carlson said parts had to be delivered from John Day to fix the system. A command center that provided emergency phone services has been shut down, Carlson said.

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