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Much of city loses power when truck snags pole

BC HYDRO workers spent hours July 22 replacing a power pole and line on Hwy16 in front of Farwest Fuels after the pole was struck by a large truck. - KAT LEE PHOTO
BC HYDRO workers spent hours July 22 replacing a power pole and line on Hwy16 in front of Farwest Fuels after the pole was struck by a large truck.
— image credit: KAT LEE PHOTO

UP TO 2,200 local businesses and residences lost power the morning of July 22 after the trailer of a transport truck snagged a power line.

The truck, travelling westbound on Hwy16, turned right off the highway into the Farwest Fuels parking lot and caught the line, which caused the power pole to break at the base.

Two circuits, which feed power to different parts of town, were affected by the accident. Areas in the south side of Terrace and parts of downtown lost power.

BC Hydro workers were on scene to restore power. While some areas did get their power back a few hours later, there were still 657 customers without power around 11 a.m.

As of 2 p.m., there were only 30 customers without power. While power was restored to all customers by 10:30 p.m. that night, most affected customers received power by 6 p.m.

Police reported damage to other power poles and to some vehicles parked at the nearby Toyota dealership There were no injuries.

Hwy16 from Eby Street to Kenney Street was blocked off to pedestrians and vehicle traffic for safety reasons for most of the day.

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