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Brian Nicholson, Deseret Morning News
Residents make their way down a dark hallway during a power outage at Friendship Manor today.

Many of the 187 residents of the Friendship Manor apartments in Salt Lake City used a lingering power outage this morning to sleep in, a building manager reported.

Except for resident Tobey Hampson, who slipped out to walk her Yorkshire terrier, Sparky.

"I haven't been inconvenienced," she said. Hampson said the only thing she planned on doing during the outage was to stay out of the way.

A traffic accident at about 475 S. 1400 East damaged equipment supplying power to 2,342 customers Sunday just before midnight. Electricity was restored about three hours later to 2,214 customers, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman David Eskelsen said.

Electricity was fully restored to the building by 12:30 p.m.

But by late this morning, 128 of those customers, one of which was the apartment building, were still without power. Although the temperature outside was in the 30s, it was still relatively warm in the apartment building's lobby.

The building had limped along on a generator, but for some reason that gave out at around 6 a.m., associate building manager Sara Struhs said. A backup generator outside was running to supply power for AT&T phone customers inside.

Julie Nester and workers at the building went door to door, checking on elderly residents who are more "fragile." About 20 residents who rely on oxygen were using their backup supply that doesn't require electricity to use. After that, one of the main goals of the day was to organize how everyone would get lunch or dinner, which building operators were prepared to order out.

Salt Lake City police said the driver of a vehicle who sheared in half two power poles in the accident late Sunday was cited for driving too fast for conditions. Neither the driver nor passenger suffered serious injuries, due in part to the air bags that deployed inside the vehicle, according to police.

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