UPDATE: Truck downs power line that hits other truck, knocks out power

Published: Jun. 2, 2017 at 11:45 AM MDT
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Power is back on for about two thousand customers in between Kimberly and Twin Falls after a truck pulled down a power line late this morning.

Witnesses told KMVT this all happened when a truck carrying farm equipment tried to make a turn off of Kimberly Road.

The equipment on the trailer snagged the power line and pulled the pole out of the ground.

It then landed on this truck that was trying to pass the trailer.

The driver of that truck said he considers himself lucky.

“I guess our guardian angel was looking over us today because if it would have if that pole would have hit in the front of the cab we could have seriously been hurt,” said Gary Crosby, the man driving the truck the power line fell on.

Police blocked off Kimberly Road for a few hours.

They diverted traffic into the same parking lot witnesses say the driver was turning into.

The downed line took power from about two thousand customers, but Idaho Power had it back on around 1 p.m.

Updated from original:

A downed power pole cut power to nearly 2,000 customers and rerouted Kimberly Road drivers Friday morning in Twin Falls.

A witness at the scene told KMVT Reporter Amy Reid the power line caught a traveling piece of farm equipment being pulled on a trailer by a semi-truck. The equipment snagged the power line and pulled the power pole out of the ground and it fell on a truck traveling next to it.

No injuries have yet been reported.

A KMVT reporter on scene said traffic was rerouted in the area of 2700 Kimberly Road. Eastbound traffic was rerouted at Eastland Drive, and westbound traffic we directed through the John Deere dealer's parking lot.

The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. Twin Falls Police, Twin Falls Fire Department, Idaho State Police and Idaho Power were on scene.

According to the Idaho Power Outage Map, about 1,937 customers lost power, with an estimated restoration time of 1 p.m.

Idaho State Police responded to a crash at the intersection of Hankins Road and Kimberly Road/U.S. The crash blocked the road and drivers were encouraged to avoid the area.

KMVT will have more information as it becomes available.

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