Brief Power Outage Caused By Semi-Truck


Temporary power outages interrupted Sunday night TV for residents of the Payson area.

Around town, lights blinked and power went out in some subdivisions for nearly an hour. The cause was a semi-truck that struck a power pole on Highway 87 and Frontier Street.

"It was a collision -- vehicle and power pole," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said.

"At approximately 7 p.m., a semi-truck that was westbound on Frontier was attempting to make a right turn to go northbound on Highway 87. He cut it short and his trailer hit the pole."

APS District Manager Jan Parsons said the pole "splintered in half," and had to be replaced.

"Pretty much, everything from Frontier Street and Highway 87 north was affected," Parsons said. "It was a major outage ... it was pretty extensive."

"It didn't actually break the pole off but it hit it enough that the wires shook and that was what caused the power outage," Engler said.

Power was restored within 30 minutes, Parsons said.

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