A dump truck that left its bed raised is to blame for hitting lines north of Interstate 44 early Tuesday and causing more than 400 Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) customers to lose power.
According to the Rolla Police Department, the incident occurred when James R. Wild, of Eldon, was driving a 1997 Kenworth T800 dump truck owned by R&K Trucking of Eldon east on Eagleson Road, off Vichy Road.
An RPD report stated that the dump bed on the truck was elevated and struck overhead lines, which created tension in the lines and caused the lines to pull on five poles in the area.
The top portions of three poles broke off and another pole was loosened. The fifth pole broke off at the base and landed across the bed of a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 parked in a private driveway, causing damage to the Dodge.
The dump truck had minor damage to its bed.
No injuries were reported at the scene.
RMU General Manager Rodney Bourne said when the lines snapped, an outage was caused, which was first reported around 7:36 a.m. Bourne said about 427 customers were affected in the Vichy and Vienna roads area north of I-44.
RMU crews were able to restore power by 8:05 a.m. Bourne said of RMU crews who responded, “They did a great job of getting the power back on pretty quick.”
Bourne said RMU owned one of the poles and a telephone company owned the others.