'I did it as a good Samaritan,'; Bedford man directs traffic following 221 power outage

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Crews are working to repair a power outage that occurred Wednesday evening along 221 when a utility pole caught fire.

Thousands were originally without power, with a number now at 870. There is still no word on restoration times.

Due to the outage, a set of railroad crossing arms have been down for hours blocking off a neighborhood and backing up traffic.

According to witnesses, adults and several children were getting out of their cars to check to see if a train was coming.

Bedford County resident Don Hicks took it upon himself to direct traffic and urge people to get out of harm's way.

"I did it as a good Samaritan, I'm not a police officer, I'm just a regular citizen, concerned about my neighbors, concerned about community, and realized the police can't be everywhere at one time," he said.

According to Hicks, he made several calls to 911, but they did not immediately respond. He called the number on the railroad crossing, and a worker was dispatched to the scene.

Mr. Hicks says he just wanted to make sure everyone was safe and several people thanked him for his efforts.

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