Tree trimming truck tears through power lines and topples over

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Traffic was slowed on 200 North near 1400 West, shortly before the 5 o’clock hour Monday evening when a tree trimming truck got its boom lift tangled in power lines and tipped onto its side as it was leaving the landfill.

A middle-aged male who asked to remain anonymous was driving the truck. He was the only occupant, and was uninjured in the wreck.

Logan City Police Lieutenant Brad Franke said the truck had been dropping off green waste at the Logan landfill, and had to lift up its boom in the process of dumping the waste.

“After he dumped his load, he forgot to lower his boom as he was leaving. As the truck began traveling North on 1400 West out of the landfill area, he started catching power lines,” Franke said. “He, actually as he was driving, broke off two power poles, took down approximately 600 feet of power line, and also caused damage to the Logan City building down here at the landfill.”

 

Despite the damage, the driver was unaware of the destruction happening behind him as he reached 200 North and attempted to make a right turn and head East back into town. The boom caught another power line, and this time, the line did not give.

“As he made the turn this time, that power line didn’t give, and as he pulled around, that boom in the power line turned his truck over onto its side,” Franke said.

Traffic was able to continue moving around the incident, but it took crews a while to clear the road as the tipped over truck was leaking hydraulic fluid and fuel. Franke said fire crews were working on cleaning up the leaks, while LCPD officers directed traffic at the scene.

Though there was a lot of damage done to the power lines on 1400 West, Franke said he did not know of any businesses or residences that were affected by the accident – only the Logan City building at the landfill.

<em>-tim@cvradio.com</em>

<em>@TheRealTO</em>

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