Driver freed uninjured after crane truck knocks down power lines in Langford

Driver freed uninjured after crane truck knocks down power lines in Langford
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Over 1,000 customers are without power due to downed power lines in Langford on Oct. 31, 2022.

A driver of a crane truck was trapped in the vehicle after it knocked down power lines, but was able to be freed uninjured.

The incident happened in the 2200 block of Millstream Road in Langford.

Chris Aubrey, Langford Fire chief, says the driver was trapped because the power lines were on the truck.

“Driver was trapped for a time inside the cab due to the power lines being on top but he is free now and uninjured,” Aubrey said. “RCMP and Langford Bylaw are assisting with traffic control as we make sure that the area around the power lines remains clear.”

He says one hydro pole was knocked down.

Cpl. Nancy Saggar, media relations officer with West Shore RCMP, says the power lines were hit by a truck with its boom extended.

“The power lines were taken down by a truck with its boom up (crane was not retracted as it should have been), causing it to take down the power lines in the area,” Saggar said in an email to CHEK News.

Ted Olynyk, spokesperson with BC Hydro, says crews are on scene, but they are waiting for crews with additional equipment to help put the pole back up.

He says there is not yet an estimated time that the additional crews will arrive, or for when power will be restored.

Due to this, the Sooke School District is advising parents that some school buses may be delayed.

The district says Millstream Elementary will remain open and parents will be updated if power is not restored.

One BC Transit route will also be on a detour around the affected area.

WorkSafeBC tells CHEK News a Work Safe officer is attending the scene, but does not have further information to share.

This is a developing story, more details will be added as they become available.

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