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UPDATE: Truck Hits Telephone Wires on Horning; Road Reopened

Pole was split in half, and road was shut down from Cedar Street to Broad Street.

UPDATE: The road has been reopened.

Crews from Verizon are repairing a severed utility pole on Horning Road in south after a truck got caught there underneath telephone wires hanging too close to the street.

Horning is closed from Broad Street to Cedar Street (near and the Curry Road intersection) while officials from the and the remain on the scene.

Motorists can detour around that closure by taking Cedar to Chestnut Street or vice versa.

The trucker operating the vehicle is from Vitran, which was doing business at the  on Curry. His truck became stuck at around 12:30 p.m. while he was turning around in a nearby parking lot, a turn that the trucker said that he has made several times before without incident.

"I don't know if it was because of the wind today (causing the phones to sag)," he said.

Once the wires became trapped on the top of his truck, a nearby utility pole lifted up and split in half. The top part of the pole remains attached to the wires and suspended in the air, but the bottom part landed on a pair of pickup trucks parked in the lot. No one was injured.

Verizon is repairing the pole with hopes to have it functional and safe before the area's afternoon rush hour. The truck must remain where it is until the pole is repaired. Otherwise, the affected utility lines will fall to the ground.

Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for updates on when the road reopens.

UPDATE: The road has been reopened.

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Robert Edward Healy, III April 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
UPDATE: The road has been reopened.
Becky Brindle April 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Good photos, Bob!

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