Semi Crash Turns Out the Lights on the Truckload Carriers Association (Plus 10,000 More)
Alexandria, VA – More than 10,000 Alexandria homes and business were left without power Monday morning, including the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), after a semi-crash knocked down a power pole, creating a chain reaction that caused three power circuits to fail.
Lieutenant Courtney Ballantine, public information officer for the Alexandria Police Department (APD), told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) the incident occurred before 8 a.m. around the 100 block of Hume Avenue, near Mount Vernon Avenue.
Ballantine said the semi-truck was turning around in a parking lot when the vehicle “snagged power lines and brought down a power pole that set off a chain reaction.”
In the chain reaction blackout, three power circuits failed and caused wires to spread into the roadway.
At one point, more than 10,000 Dominion Energy customers in Alexandria and Arlington Country were without power.
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Ballantine told TNN the driver of the semi, who’s identity was not released, was not hurt and no other injuries were reported.
He said he “didn’t believe” the driver was cited in the incident, stating the accident took place on private property.
The driver exchanged information with a representative from the power company “for insurances purposes,” Ballantine reported.
Ironically, TCA, one of the country’s largest trucking trade associations, was affected by the outage.
Its offices were closed on Monday as a result.
The TCA office will be closed today due to a power outage. If you need immediate assistance, please email [email protected]
— Truckload Carriers Association (@TCANews) August 12, 2019
Power to most of the affected Dominion Energy customers was restored within several hours, though thousands remained without power throughout the afternoon hours.
The online outage map shows the affected customers all have restored power as of Monday evening.