Semi-truck knocks out power to some in Verdigris

Posted at 6:48 AM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 07:48:45-04

Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Verdigris Fire Department responded to a semi-truck that drove through an overhead power line and knocked out power to about a half-dozen homes.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday on South 4111 Road near East 536 Road.

According to OHP, the Land O'Frost truck didn't see a low-hanging power line leading from a pole to a house. The driver continued through the line, knocked it down and ripped out power meters to a home on the road.

"I was in the house watching TV, heard a pop and came out of the bed, came outside to see what the problem was and that's when I saw the truck try to make a turn," said homeowner Donald Mencke.

According to OHP, the driver then tried to make a turn but ended up in a ditch.

Mencke says this is not an unfamiliar circumstance.

"This is like the third time trucks have tried to make this. They've got a marker: No truck thru traffic," he said.

According to both PSO and Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative, there are no power outages in the area to report as of 5 a.m. Tuesday.

No one was hurt in the accident.

It is unclear whether OHP will issue the driver a citation.

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