Truck Knocks Out Power Line on Tabernacle

truck hits power line
Emergency crews respond to an accident on Tabernacle after a truck hit a power line. | Photo by Jen Watkins, St. George News

truck hits power line in st. george
Photo by Jen Watkins, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Emergency crews responded to the area of the East 100 block of Tabernacle and St. George Boulevard today after a truck driver ran into a power line while making a delivery.

Sgt. Craig Harding said the driver made that drive often, and although he knew the power lines were low, he had never had a problem with them before. The driver was not injured in the accident. Harding said the driver told officers the heat might have caused the lines to sag further.

Shawn Kiss from Rainbow Sign and Banner said he was installing a sign around the corner when he heard the accident. He said he walked around the area until he found the truck and the cause of the power outage.

See the video interview with Shawn Kiss

Harding said the accident caused power to go out from 400 E to 700 E on the Boulevard. Officers had to direct traffic at the stoplights because drivers were going straight through the lights and nearly caused several accidents.

β€œIt is very important that when you come to a non-working light, that you treat it as a 4-way stop,” Harding said.

Harding said he estimates the damage to city property at $15,000. The city will have to replace one pole, several power lines and three transformers.

No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

Email jwatkins@stgnews.com

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