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Trucks bring down power lines in seperate accidents

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two accidents on Monday briefly closed roads after tractor-trailers brought down power lines on the roads.

Corridor G was closed from about 10 a.m. to noon at Sand Plant Road near the Kanawha-Lincoln county line after a truck snagged low-hanging utility lines. Traffic was being diverted onto W.Va. 24 at Childress Road and Midway Road.

Earlier Monday, a tractor-trailer snagged a low-hanging telephone line at Bakers Fork Road and Oakridge Drive, taking cable and power lines with it and snapping off part of a utility pole, Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye said.

But Moye said there does not appear to be a problem with low-hanging lines in the area.

In the accident on Corridor G, Moye said, the truck didn't actually snag the power lines themselves. Moye said the tractor-trailer snapped a guy wire attached to a utility pole, causing the pole to lean and utility lines to hang low over the road. He said power company officials asked that the road be closed until the pole could be righted.


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