Truck downs pole in Devonshire

  • Accident scene: Belco linesmen replace a utility pole after a truck downed wires yesterday on Orange Valley Road (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

    Accident scene: Belco linesmen replace a utility pole after a truck downed wires yesterday on Orange Valley Road (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

A power cut in a residential area after a truck took out a utility pole sparked fury among residents yesterday.

One householder in Orange Valley Road, Devonshire, said that trucks should be banned from the narrow thoroughfare after a string of incidents involving heavy vehicles.

Eugene Madeiros, who lives near the site of the truck crash, said this incident should serve as a wake-up call.

Mr Madeiros added: “They need to stop having these huge trucks coming through here, because Orange Valley Road is too narrow.”

He was speaking after a truck cut power to the area just after 2pm.

Mr Madeiros highlighted a guardrail, still broken, where a woman in a car was drove over the embankment in February 2018 after she was forced to take evasive action.

He said: “She went right over the bank there because she was trying to avoid a truck.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “He came through here fast.

“A lot of trucks come by speeding like a bat out of hell.

“All of a sudden, the wires were shaking — I thought we were having an earthquake. I’m still shaking from it. The pole got split in two.”

She added: “We need speed bumps on this road something terrible.”

Almost 30 homes in the area lost power after the incident.

Mr Madeiros said that trucks had become bigger in recent years, which increased the likelihood of accidents.

He added: “The dumpsters on these trucks are bigger and taller and there’s trees all over the road.

“They easily hit these low hanging wires, and that’s what this one did, he hooked the wire and went into the pole and just split it.”

He added that the truck driver had driven off after he hit the pole.

Power firm Belco said 29 customers had lost electricity, but power was expected by the end of the day.

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Published Oct 15, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 15, 2019 at 8:17 am)

Truck downs pole in Devonshire

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