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Truck Driver Takes out Pole and Electricity
(Apr 04 2009) - Porterville Post - Press Release
by A. L. "LUCKY" Lucketta - Porterville Post Editor :
PORTERVILLE, CA - Sometime around 5 am Southern California Edison received a call from the Porterville Police reporting that one of their telephone poles - located on Olive Ave, half a block east of Westwood - needed to be removed.
According to Mr. Mark Sumpter, Heavy Crew Foreman for SCE, “I received a call about 5 am this morning and understood that a large truck hit a telephone pole and severed it right at the base, causing half the mobile homes in Westwood Village Mobile Home Community to loose their electricity. By the time I got here, they had removed the rig so we could get our job done.”
With about eight utility trucks at hand SCE went to work. By 9 am they had three power crane’s on duty with two holding up the pole that was destroyed. Several SCE men were at the base of the pole, beyond shovel ready, and eager to pull it up and put the new one in.
“This was the second one we had to replace this week in Tulare Couty” Mr. Sumpter told the Post. “Basically this fix-it operation is going to cost this truck driver about 30 grand. In Tulare County, Mr. Sumpter continued, we replace about 10 – 15 of these poles a year.”
Great job guys ! We appreciate you coming out at all times and in all seasons. May our LORD protect each and everyone of you as you work hard to keep the lights on for the rest of us.
For more information regarding this traffic report contact 782-7400.
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