Truck downs electrical lines

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:36 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

A food delivery truck pulled down power lines along Scott Boulevard on Monday, leaving over 900 Boone Electric Cooperative customers without power for more than an hour and closing part of the road for three hours while service lines were rerouted.

A Sysco Corp. box truck was turning left onto Scott Boulevard from Market Drive around 11:15 a.m. when it snagged a cable line that was hanging low because of the heat, said Carl Turner, a Columbia Water and Light worker who responded at the scene.

One power pole was broken and downed and live electrical lines caused a small grass fire, which was put out by the Columbia Fire Department, Columbia police Capt. Steven Monticelli said.

The lines also provided service for Mediacom customers. Mediacom officials in Columbia could not be reached Monday. Boone Electric Cooperative said customers began calling shortly after the incident.

“That’s typically how we know,” said Christi Miller, a communications specialist with Boone Electric. “People start calling us that they’re out of power, and then we find out why.”

Miller said 961 homes or businesses around the Katy Lake Estates subdivision, located west of Twin Lakes Recreation Area, were affected. Power was restored at 12:30 p.m. The pole was back in place and Scott Boulevard opened to traffic at 2:20 p.m.

Turner said cable and electric wires tend to expand and hang lower than normal in the heat. “The truck was a little stronger than them poles,” Turner said.

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