Dump truck hits power lines causing power outage in Little Rock

Dump truck hits power lines causing power outage in Little Rock

A dump truck driving in downtown Little Rock hit power lines and cut power to hundreds of customers.
Downed power lines
Downed power lines
The offending dump truck
The offending dump truck
As daylight fades, workers try to restore power on 4th St (David Goins)
As daylight fades, workers try to restore power on 4th St (David Goins)
Alex Butler talks about outage to local news outlets (David Goins)
Alex Butler talks about outage to local news outlets (David Goins)
LITTLE ROCK, AR - During rush hour Tuesday night, the power went out for hundreds of customers downtown Little Rock, all because of a dump truck.

The bed of the truck ripped down lines at the intersection of State and 4th Street causing quite a mess. It took several hours for crews to fix the lines the dump truck tore down in just seconds.

The dump truck drivers tells Fox 16 he had no idea he left the bed up, that is until he saw the power and cable lines come down. "It's just something that happened," he said.

Alex Butler saw the transformer explode. "Huge electrical explosion fire balls like you've never seen. It was so loud my mom thought I was dying. I was really scared I was on the phone and all I could do was scream ‘oh no!’"

Witnesses describe hearing a loud boom like thunder, and with the federal building close by, it scared a lot of people.

Alex Butler says it was one explosion after another. "It sounded like bombs were dropping."

Crews quickly surveyed the damage repairing what they could, but the impact bent several power poles which need to be replaced. That's not cheap, quick, or easy and an inconvenience for people who live near by.

Willie Settles was without power and says all he could do is sit and wait. "I went to the boxing gym and then came back and am just talking out here with my neighbors until the lights come back on."

Willie couldn't cook dinner or watch TV, but he did have a front row seat to the action as crews cleaned up the mess.

Police gave the dump truck driver a $200 ticket. So far, he's caused at least $30,000 in damages. The Little Rock Police Department and the federal building were on back up generators. Some restaurants and other businesses had to close up early.

No one was hurt. Some poles bent belong to the city, and could take a week to fix. Over 400 customers were affected by the outage.


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