Low Hanging Power Lines Leave Trucker Fearing For His Life For More Than An Hour
Farmington, Utah – Low hanging power lines were to blame for why a flatbed semi hauling an oversized load got caught in them Wednesday afternoon causing the truck driver to fear for his life for more than an hour.
Authorities say at approximately 2:10 p.m. a flatbed semi-truck hauling a large industrial forklift was headed south on 200 East when it clipped some low-hanging utility lines strung across the road. The live lines came down onto the truck. The utility poles on either side of 200 were also partially collapsed.
Fearing electrocution, the driver of the semi remained in the truck for more than an hour as emergency crews assessed the damage and safely removed the downed power lines. The Utah Highway Patrol did not cite the driver because the power lines did not meet regulations.
According to local officials, power lines along that stretch of 200 East must be hung between 16-18 feet above the roadway. The power lines involved were hanging well below that height at the time of the accident, authorities revealed.
It has not yet been determined if the local utility company will be cited.
Photo shared courtesy of Farmington Fire Dept.