Semi truck pulls down power lines, snaps poles in Southern Hills

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Barry Electric trucks worked to restore power on Thursday after a semi-truck driving through Southern Hills subdivision in Cassville accidentally caught and pulled down cable power lines and broke two poles, causing a three-hour power outage for residents. CenturyLink and Mediacom providers also arrived at the scene to repair damaged lines, according to a resident who witnessed the event. Contributed photo

Incident causes 3-hour power outage for residents

According to reports from residents of Southern Hills, a subdivision located in Cassville, a semi truck driving through the neighborhood accidentally pulled down power lines and broke two telephone poles, causing a power outage for three hours.

The incident occurred Thursday at approximately 12:55 p.m. Southern Hills resident Billy McGuffey, who witnessed the incident, said he believed it occurred due to low-hanging cable lines.

"Some of the Mediacom cables were hanging too low, and the truck snagged some that were stretched across the street, causing two power line poles to snap in half," he said.

About four Barry Electric trucks arrived on the site promptly and worked quickly to restore power, McGuffey said.

"The linemen always do a great job in getting the power back on in our county," he said, adding that he was unsure if the driver received a citation for the incident or not.

Both Mediacom and CenturyLink workers also arrived to the scene to repair damages to their lines.

"The driver must have made a wrong turn into Southern Hills," McGuffey said. "I don't know of any other reason he would have been in the 
neighborhood."

A representative from Barry Electric directed traffic near the intersection of Glenwood Circle, ensuring that residents of the neighborhood went around the circle in the opposite direction to get home.

"No one was injured, thankfully," McGuffey said.

"The cable TV lines were caught and broke our poles," said Bill Shiveley, executive president/CEO of Barry Electric. "It was after 1 p.m. when it happened. They had the power back on by 4 p.m."

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