Downed power pole causes outage, damage
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.