Newport: “Hit and leave” semi on a residential street snags electric service line to a home – leaves live wire in the street.
A Semi clipped a utility line at NE Benton and 4th Streets. The “hot” lines are lying in the street. Drivers are rolling over them. Central Lincoln PUD is enroute. Fire/rescue is enroute to check them out.
Traffic is blocked at 3rd and Benton.
Road cleared. A semi came through on Benton, obviously trying to find Highway 20. Benton is a residential street on which semi’s are not supposed to drive. In this case, the truck snagged an overhead service line from a power line to a home on the corner. The truck ripped it right out of the house, sending the home’s service pole and electric meter and a neighbor’s mail box sprawling. The trucker didn’t stop. He left damage and a live wire lying in the road which unknowing passing drivers blithely drove over.
Fortunately there was a witness who got the name of the truck and where it had just made a delivery of product to a restaurant on 101. Authorities are tracking it down.
Unfortunately for the homeowner, he’s got to front the money for an electrician to come out and rebuild a service pole and power meter assembly to make it possible for the home to receive electricity again. Central Lincoln PUD says they’re usually “same day” with re-hook-ups under these kinds of situations.