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Major power loss at University of Maryland campus caused by work on Purple Line project, officials say

Two workers from Kelly Electric were injured during the outage when they came in contact with a live electrical feeder inside the maintenance hole.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A power outage at the University of Maryland that impacted at least 20 buildings on campus was caused by work being done on construction for Maryland Transportation Agency's Purple Line, according to information from MTA Purple Line Spokesperson Ray Feldmann and the University of Maryland Police Department.

Two workers from Kelly Electric were injured during the outage when they came in contact with a live electrical feeder inside the maintenance hole, according to Feldmann.

UMD's police department said in a tweet that a power outage occurred on campus around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Power has now been restored to the campus buildings.

"Safety is the first priority for the Purple Line. The incident is under investigation and operations at this site on campus have been suspended until the investigation is complete," said Purple Line Spokesperson Ray Feldmann. "MTA is working closely with Kelly Electric and the University of Maryland."

According to police, the following buildings were affected by the power outage on campus:

  • LA PLATA HALL 
  • TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM BUILDING 
  • BIOMOLECULAR SCIENCES BUILDING 
  • ENERGY RESEARCH FACILITY
  • A.V. WILLIAMS — SOUTH WING
  • WIND TUNNEL 
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE INSTRUCTIONAL CENTER 
  • ENGEERING RESEARCH, 
  • J.M. PATTERSON 
  • MICROBIOLOGY
  • H.J. PATTERSON HALL 
  • PHYSICS SOUTH 
  • HORNBAKE LIBRARY
  • PLANT SCIENCES — SW
  • PLANT SCIENCES — SE
  • PLANT SCIENCES — CHW PLANT 

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