2010-09-04 / News

Truck turns out the lights in Millersport

By Scott Rawdon

This truck caused a nearly seven hour blackout over most of Millersport on Tuesday. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. This truck caused a nearly seven hour blackout over most of Millersport on Tuesday. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. MILLERSPORT– Most of the Village of Millersport was without power Tuesday from roughly 9:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. after a boom truck Fairfield Beach resident Josh Koehler was driving took out Millersport’s primary electric line and snapped a utility pole near the Jett Laundromat.

Millersport Road was closed for nearly four hours. Millersport Fire Chief Bill Yates said Koehler dropped off a large container but didn’t lower the large boom, which tilts upward to roll off the container. On his way out of the parking lot, the raised boom snagged the utility lines and disrupted electricity.

Koehler remained inside the truck when emergency services arrived and Yates said Koehler exited safely without being electrocuted. There were no injuries associated with the incident. Yates said the truck displayed a Freecorp logo, but he didn’t know if it was Koehler’s company or if he was solely a driver.

Yates said Millersport Elementary School lost power, but classes remained in session for the day. Elementary students’ lunches were prepared at the high school, which had electricity.

The power outage shut down most businesses. It was particularly inconvenient for Bower and Sons Meats that was preparing meat for a number of Sweet Corn Festival vendors.

Telephone and Internet service were still being restored Wednesday morning.

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