Truck downs power lines causing power outage in Yorktown

Sonny Long

March 12, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2012 at 10:12 p.m.

An 18-wheeler snagged an overhead power line Saturday morning causing a power outage to about 700 Yorktown area customers.

The incident took place about 8 a.m.

"The truck was on Avenue D making its way to state Highway 72 west. When the driver turned onto Highway 72 the load he was hauling caught a main power line," said Robert Mendez, Yorktown city administrator. "The truck driver was cited for being in a no truck zone."

City crews worked traffic control and put barricades and portable stop signs in place while repairs were made to the power lines.

"Power was restored in stages while the repairs were made. The last three dozen customers were out of power about two and a half to three hours," said Elgin Janssen, AEP spokesman.

The truck belonged to Cudd Energy Services and the company is going to pay for the time the city and police department spent on the call, said Mendez.



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