Downed power pole causes outage, damage

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Electricity was knocked out to Cherokee Elementary School and two local day care centers on Thursday, Aug. 25, after a delivery truck knocked a power pole and transformer down at the school, sending wires to the ground and on top fences surrounding the playground.

Employee Phylene Crook said, as soon as they heard the loud pop, one of the teachers suggested calling the power company.

Crook had local Entergy lineman Braden Ables' number in her cell phone and quickly dialed to tell him about the situation. She said he arrived quickly.

Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens, Cherokee Village Police Officer Phillip Dunlap, as well as Curt Wiggins with the Cherokee Village Fire Department, responded to the call.

A food delivery company driver drove a large box truck under the line but he caught a low lying cable line when he exited the parking lot, bringing down power lines and breaking a nearby pole.

Ables said he cut the power off very quickly and began to repair the transformer.

Students sat anxiously inside the building. He said police officers on the scene did a great job of securing the area to prevent other vehicles and people from entering the property.

Lines were strewn across the parking lot, playground, on the roof of the school and across the vehicles of several teachers who were parked in the lines' path.

Stevens took damage reports from the staff after the area was secured.

Five vehicles were damaged from the fallen lines.

While some local businesses were without power for an extended period of time due to the incident, school remained in session.

The driver of the vehicle Patrick D. Stark, 31, of Galena, Mo was cited for inattentive driving.

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  • That is a b.s. ticket. There are laws that power and phone companies must follow.The federal guidelines on how high any power line or suspended cables from any pole crossing any street, driveway ect. 14' minimum clearance. Now mister gonna write a big bad ticket to the big bad truck driver, have the decency to cancel the ticket.If you dont believe this is true just google federal regulations on power lines clearance and it also pertains to phone lines ect.

    -- Posted by Basser on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 8:35 AM
  • It's funny how people can't wait to dis the police no matter what the do. It needs to be known I was a witness to this and it was bad driving, trucks never go on that side where the line has been hanging low for several years. The driver tried to take a small road behind the school and had to turn his truck around then went down the wrong side and tore the lines down. I say its more him to blame then a line that hung too low nearly against the building. Furthermore there are several regulations with different "heights" not to mention it was a parking lot. I would like to add I enjoy reading comments especially the ones that don't start by dissing the police for doing their job.. I hope this doesn't start a Topixs degrade like the first post was intended to cause. Good Job to you all (the ones that were there)

    -- Posted by Chester52 on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 10:07 PM
  • I don't know how anyone can claim that the ticket written was b.s. I am writing as a mother of a child who attends one of the 2 daycares that were closed due to this incident. I had to leave work early (which cost me money in wages) the daycares had to send the children home due to STATE licensing requirements that THEY have to follow (not to mention our babies not having air conditioning) and I KNOW I am not the only parent who had to do this, not to mention the staff who were unable to finish their workday. Then to consider the folks who had damage done to their cars due to this incident... Really? This is not a ticket worthy offense? Wow... What about the money that the school put out pumping their sewer system due to this... Did you forget to mention that? I don't know how you can defend this truck driver who got an innattentive driving ticket when he was CLEARLY not paying attention? What is the problem with that, Basser? I think that you should THINK before you go speaking up about some kind of injustice... Because if you're not careful, stirring up too big a stink could cause the driver MORE grief from the parents who were out money in this situation...

    -- Posted by TaxPayingMom on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 10:53 PM
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