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Without power: a tractor-trailer brought down power lines in Middle Road, Somerset, yesterday afternoon(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A tractor-trailer knocked down three utility poles in the West End yesterday, leaving more than 500 Belco customers without power.

The vehicle, which was carrying construction equipment, hit the cables on Middle Road, Somerset, outside MarketPlace, at about 12.20pm and led to major traffic delays in the area.

The Royal Gazette visited the scene around 1pm where traffic was backed up but being diverted behind Somerset Cricket Club.

Throughout the afternoon, Belco crews installed three new utility poles and recabling conductors, before announcing all power had been restored at about 10pm. A spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank all those effected for their patience and our crew for their commitment to completing the restoration so quickly.”

Down they come: cables were brought down near MarketPlace, leaving more than 500 Belco customers without electricity. Power was later restored(Photograph by Akil Simmons)
This cable was taken down by a tractor-trailer at about 12.20pm(Photograph by Rajan Simons)
This pole on Middle Road, Somerset, was hit by a tractor-trailer(Photograph by Kyle Eve-Townsend)