Resident describes lucky escape after Belco pole downed
A Paget resident last night described a lucky escape after a utility pole that toppled across a busy road punched straight through his bedroom wall.
The pole came down on Middle Road near Bostock Hill after a tractor trailer got snared on hanging cables around 11am, pulling one pole down and damaging another.
The resident, one of two Filipino guest workers at the address, said he was thankful to have been on the job instead of at home.
He showed where the pole came through almost directly across the head of his bed, throwing pieces of the wall across the room, which was still scattered with debris.
“We were at work,” he said. “We were lucky it was not on the weekend. We share this room – it would have been good night.
“We praise God that we are safe.”
As of 6pm, Middle Road was down to one lane while Belco crews repaired the damage.
The resident, who asked not to be named, added: “It’s really lucky also because no car was passing along the road during the time the pole was swinging.”
He said their landlord was still assessing structural damage to determine whether the room was safe to use.
The falling pole also knocked out a stone pillar holding up the porch of the house, which faced the roadside.
Shelly Leman, Belco’s managing director of transmission, distribution and detail, confirmed that nobody was injured in the incident.
It was the second case in less than a week of a truck bringing down a utility pole after getting caught on cables.
Last week a pole came down onto traffic on North Shore Road near Vaucrosson’s Crescent in Pembroke, leaving two people trapped in a car by live wires until Belco arrived.
Ms Leman added: “Our crews are working as quickly and as safely as possible to replace the two broken poles and to reinstate all electricity lines.”
She apologised for the inconvenience.