Crews Work for Hours After Dump Truck Takes Down Power Lines

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

Utility crews continue to work Wednesday night after a dump truck accident knocked down wires.

One by one, drivers were detoured Wednesday night.
The way home, blocked by a road closed sign.
Ashton Howard was one of many neighbors who had no idea what happened.

"I seen cars turning around so I figured I might as well do the same," said Howard.

Even the pizza guy had to figure out another way around.

"The road is blocked off and I gotta get over there," said pizza delivery driver Ricky Silver.

Crews are working to replace utility lines. Wednesday morning, the driver of a dump truck went through the intersection with the truck bed raised up. That took out the traffic light along with power, cable and phone lines.

"I'm guessing that must have been pretty wild for anybody who saw that," said Howard.

Joan and Joe Williams heard the commotion and saw what happened next.

"There was a loud boom. Power lines, swaying back and forth, and actually power poles going back and forth," said Joan Williams.

Although the repair work has been an inconvenience for people trying to drive through, some people who live around here say, it hasn't been that bad.

"They're doing a good job and working hard," said neighbor Michelle Bolla.

Crews are trying to get cable, internet and phone services working again.

"We don't get to watch the news to see what's going on, our wi-fi is down, so it kinda limits things, but thankfully the electricity is on," said Bolla.

But Bolla doesn't mind being briefly cut off from the world.

"To be honest it's been nice to have a quiet street today," said Bolla.

It could be until about 2 a.m. Thursday when crews finish working, that's the most recent estimate.

The driver of that truck, Dorman Mongold, faces several charges including reckless driving.


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