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Power Out to Thousands in Montgomery County After Small Plane Crash Tonight

The photo tells part of the story underway in Montgomery County.  A single prop plane,  that looks almost like a toy, stuck in high-powered electric lines that are supported by a tower, at about 5:30 Sunday night. The pilot and passengers, a total of two people are still in the plane, about 100 feet above the ground. They appear to have no injuries, according to fire and rescue, but the power lines are energized. The accident has left a large portion of Montgomery County without power, and the sirens of first responders can be heard moving around areas in and around the hundreds of darkened neighborhoods.  Peter Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery county fire and rescue says the crash is near Rothbury Dr & Goshen Road in Montgomery Village. During a news briefing at about 9 pm, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein says that there are a number of cranes coming to the scene. He explained that all the power lines need to be grounded and that there have to be steps taken to assure that there is no static electricity in and around the area.  Fire officials are in communication with those who are stuck in the plane. 

About 125,000 customers of Pepco have been without power so far in the county. Hospital operations are affected at MedStar-affiliated hospitals and Holy Cross, which means that emergency services are adjusting to where it sends patients.  Emergency relief operations is setting up shelters for residents who need a warm place to go. 

Those traveling to and throughout Montgomery are advised that there are widespread traffic signal outages and should drive with caution. 

 Here's another view of the plane from a different vantage point that was posted:







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