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Truck Takes Several Power Lines In South Point

Reported by: Send eMail Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 11, 2013 4:35 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013 6:50 PM EST

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South Point , Lawrence County , West Virginia

Loretta Runyon said she was caught off guard Wednesday morning when she heard a loud noise outside her South Point home, and saw the lights go out.

"Well I was in the shower and I heard all this commotion," she said.

She dried off and ran outside to see what had happened.

"I came out here in my housecoat and the electric pole was down. Two of them," she said.

Another pole was out farther up the road. That's when she saw an 18-wheeler truck taking the lines down.

"I just couldn't believe it," she said.

Bad directions are apparently to blame for the big rig truck taking down three power poles and transformers on Randall Street in a small South Point neighborhood.

"The guy apparently was lost because he says his GPS system routed him this way off of old 52," Loretta's husband Shane Runyon said.

The truck driver told neighbors he was looking for Sam's Club to make a delivery, and somehow ended up on Randall Street instead.

The accident knocked out power to about 30 homes in the neighborhood, but luckily, no one was hurt. The Runyons said they were glad nobody's home was damaged.

AEP had several crews on scene to repair the damage and restore power. A similar accident involving a big truck took down a power pole in the same neighborhood before.

Shane Runyon said maybe a sign near old Route 52 could prevent it in the future.

"They need to be something put up there telling truck drivers no 18-wheelers or no outlet," he said.




Bad GPS directions are apparently to blame for a big rig truck taking down several power poles in a small Ohio neighborhood Wednesday morning.

The accident took place on Randall Street in South Point.

The truck driver, who told neighbors he was looking for Sam's Club to make a delivery, took down a lead power line and three power poles and transformers.

It knocked out power to about 30 homes in the neighborhood. American Electric Power had several crews on scene to repair the damage and restore power.

Neighbors said they are thankful no one was hurt and no homes were damaged, but the wreck caused quite a scene.

A similar accident involving a big truck took down a power pole in the same neighborhood before.



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