Truck pulls down Telus lines

A forgetful truck driver wreaked havoc on power, television, internet and phone services to the East Kootenay on Saturday.

  • Nov. 17, 2011 12:00 p.m.

A forgetful truck driver wreaked havoc on power, television, internet and phone services to the East Kootenay on Saturday.

Just before 1 p.m. on November 12, a boom truck driving along Highway 3 from Mayook to Cranbrook pulled down service lines for BC Hydro, Telus and Shaw, and closed the highway for an hour, according to Cranbrook RCMP.

“The police investigation determined that a boom truck had left a work site without retracting its overhead boom,” said Cpl. Pat Prefontaine.

“As the truck drove back to Cranbrook, the boom came into contact with Hydro lines across the highway and severed them, along with phone and television service lines for Cranbrook, Kimberley and the Elk Valley.”

Two BC Hydro crews rushed to the scene and found that one pole had been shattered, another was cracked in half and a third had enough damage that it needed to be replaced, according to Diane Tammen, BC Hydro’s community relations manager for the East Kootenay.

Ten BC Hydro customers on Mayook Settlement Road lost power at the time of the collision, and another 70 customers in Mayook were disconnected while the crews replaced the poles. Power was restored by 8 p.m.

But that was just the start of the work required to bring cable, internet and telephone back online.

Telus worked through the night Saturday to restore phone and internet service to 6,000 customers in Fernie, Jaffray, Sparwood and Elkford.

Crews couldn’t start the repairs until BC Hydro had replaced the poles and done their own line repairs.

Coupled with the poor weather Saturday, Telus service to the Elk Valley wasn’t restored until 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Shawn Hall of Telus media relations.

About 10,000 Shaw customers in Cranbrook and Kimberley lost their cable when the power lines went down. The truck’s boom severed fibre optic cable that feeds both cities.

The section of fibre was replaced and service was restored about 3 a.m. Sunday, said Chris Kucharski, Shaw’s vice president of operations.

 

RCMP said the driver of the truck sustained minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene. The driver has been charged with driving without due care under the Motor Vehicle Act.

 

 

Just Posted

Fernie Museum fundraiser a blast from the past

Retro themed evening raises over $10,000 for museum programming

Fernie Alpine Resort opens for preview weekend

Fernie Alpine Resort will be opening for a preview weekend, this Saturday and Sunday

Local boys raise money for sick children in unconventional way

Four local boys have found a way to use their passion for… Continue reading

Skid Steer stolen from Sparwood Transfer Station

Elk Valley RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance with a theft that… Continue reading

Golf pro has big plans for Sparwood Golf Course

Golf pro looks to a promising future for golf in Sparwood

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Ghostriders play hard against Nelson Leafs

Fernie Coach proud of team’s effort against top KIJHL contender

Cokato resident receives Order of Canada

Dr. Bryan Kolb has been instrumental in helping society understand what happens inside our heads

Mainroad discusses road conditions, standards

Last week, Mainroad, the Ministry of Transportation, the City of Fernie and… Continue reading

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Stay safe on B.C. roads this holiday season

RCMP warn drivers to plan a safe ride home or suffer the consequences this holiday season

Trudeau apologizes to excluded residential school students

PM makes statement to former students in Nfld who were left out of previous compensation, apology

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Most Read