Phone Cable Cut in Marion

The town of Marion is facing some major problems with its phone service, and it could cause problems if there is an emergency.

Officials say a fiber optic cable was accidentally cut by a construction company Tuesday afternoon. It caused most of Marion's phone land lines to be down. That includes emergency 911 service.

"Persons needing assistance cannot get through to a 911 operator that will put them in contact with us, since that is who we go through is Lauderdale County 911. If they can't get through, then that is a serious problem," said Police Chief Ben Langston.

Marion officials say residents can still use their cell phones to call 911, in case of emergency. They hope to have the fiber optic cable fixed by no later than Wednesday morning.

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