Passing Truck Snapped Power Pole Off at Base

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – What was described as a commercial truck traveling southbound Tuesday (Aug. 30, 2022) at about 12:30 p.m. on South Sanatoga Road apparently snagged and pulled a low-hanging wire and, while still moving, allegedly snapped a PECO Energy power pole off at its base (at top) in the parking lot of the nearby Cutillo’s Restaurant, according to those at the scene.

The lot was mostly vacant and no vehicles were damaged.

Passing Truck Snapped Power Pole Off at Base

Because of the connecting wire that, in turn, damaged but did not shear a second pole near the road at the parking lot’s southeast corner, and also brought down an accompanying light fixture (above). The truck driver, meanwhile, kept moving south and was not located. Fire-fighting volunteers from the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill companies and police patrol vehicles arrived at the scene after the truck had gone.

Passing Truck Snapped Power Pole Off at Base

The wire fell to and came to rest across the road, and was said to be active with electricity at the time. Police erected barriers across portions of the road (above) to exclude traffic and avoid danger until it could be deactivated, and also issued a warning on the department’s Facebook page.

Firefighters at the scene said two women in a car drove around the barriers while they were there, and attempted to proceed down South Sanatoga Road until they were halted. Fire company representatives later emphasized that barriers are established for public protection, and asked drivers to heed them.

Passing Truck Snapped Power Pole Off at Base

A PECO employee arrived to turn off power to the wire, secure fallen components (above) and cable, and clean up remaining debris.

  • Editor’s note: This story was first published Wednesday at 8:28 a.m., and was updated with additional information at 9:21 a.m.

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