Truck snags power lines in Chesterfield Township, knocks out power to thousands
WXYZ.com Web Staff
3:00 PM, Nov 18, 2013
6:07 PM, Nov 18, 2013
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Over 2,000 Businesses and residences north of 23 Mile Road, east and west of Gratiot are without power after a truck snagged power lines near a strip mall.
We're told the dumpster hauler was dropping off a dumpster behind a strip mall, but, apparently, the driver forgot to lower the boom. And as he exiting the parking lot, attempting to go north on Gratiot, the boom that reached approximately 30 feet in the air, hit the power lines.
"I was sitting in Panera and the power went out," said Mike Lawrence who, along with other Panera customers, walked outside to see the dumpster hauler tangled up in the power lines.
When the driver stopped, high voltage power lines were ripped from the poles and laying over his rig and the roadway. Eight power poles along Gratiot came down in the costly mishap.
After the driver sat in his rig for about an hour and a half, firefighters, fearing the man may be suffering from hypothermia, had him jump out when it was deemed safe.
"We were blessed. We were blessed that nobody got hurt," said Chesterfield Township Fire Captain Walter Wilhelm.
A spokesperson for DTE says crews will begin their work by removing the downed wires and broken poles from the affected section of Gratiot Avenue, just north of 23 Mile Road, so that the roadway can be re-opened.
Crews will then begin to replace the power poles and work to restore power to the 2,064 businesses and residences that were affected. But, given DTE's workload that was already heavy after Sunday's storms, we're told it is too soon to tell when the power will be restored.
Signage on the dumpster hauler indicated it was from Transcore Enterprises in Port Huron. No one from the company has returned our call for comment.