Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Concrete truck tears down power lines

July 4, 2001


Nearly 350 Lawrence residents were without power Tuesday after a concrete truck hooked a power line and tore down two utility poles as it drove down the 2100 block of Heatherwood Drive.

The poles collapsed at 11:35 a.m. The resulting outage affected residents in an area north of Clinton Parkway and east of Kasold Drive, said KPL spokesman Richard Good. Power was restored within several hours.

Charles Cudmore was about to cook lunch when he heard a loud noise and the power went off.

"It sounded like a transformer blowing," he said. "I went outside and saw that the truck jerked the poles down. ... Wires were strung all over the truck."

Good said there were no injuries. The accident did not appear to damage any property, either, Cudmore said.

"It was basically an inconvenience to traffic and a delay on the road construction," Cudmore said. "And it was starting to get hot."

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