ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A power outage near downtown Albuquerque left a hospital partially in the dark Saturday and disrupted homes, businesses and traffic signals.
Around 10 a.m. the power partially went out at Presbyterian Hospital on Central Avenue SE near Interstate 25.
More than 1,200 other PNM customers in the area also lost electric service in the incident the utility blamed on an equipment failure.
Traffic signals on major streets east of downtown went dark as did homes, restaurants and other businesses.
Normally the hospital has backup generators to keep everything on, but the generators took a hit, too, according to Presbyterian.
"Our emergency generators came online as planned, but the surge from the power outage seems to have knocked off several of the switches," Clay Holderman of Presbyterian's Central New Mexico Delivery System said. "So we did not come on as expected on our full emergency power."
The blackout did not cause any injuries at Presbyterian, but some patients were transferred to other facilities.
The hospital is expecting to remain on emergency power for the next day or so until it can get its circuitry fixed.
It has also suspended ambulance service to the emergency department and is restricting visitations.
Power to the area was restored early in the afternoon.
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