Sooke Road traffic impacted after truck brings down hydro lines, pole

Sooke Road traffic impacted after truck brings down hydro lines, pole

A commercial truck doing work in Colwood caught lines on its boom, toppling a power pole and briefly bringing Sooke Road down to single-lane traffic Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened on Heatherly Road, affecting the 2200-block of Sooke Road around noon, the City of Colwood said in a tweet.

Pictures from the scene showed a downed pole lying across two vehicles, including a commercial truck with a boom, with broken wires seen lying on the road.

A BC Hydro spokesperson said the commercial truck was doing work on Heatherly Road when it caught lines on its boom, pulling them down along with the power pole.

Colwood Fire Rescue and BC Hydro crews responded. Initial reports to RCMP were that a vehicle appeared to have struck a power pole with the occupants inside trapped due to live wires.

It turns out the two workers in the truck remained there out of precaution until BC Hydro could ensure power was cut, and the lines are now confirmed to be grounded, the City of Colwood said just after 1 p.m.

Traffic has also fully reopened on Sooke Road, though Heatherly Road remains closed.

According to those at the scene, there’s concern that another pole could still snap due to the weight of the downed pole putting tension on the wire.

Power in that area of Sooke Road is out for 18 BC Hydro customers with no current ETA for when it will be restored.

No injuries were reported in the incident, said RCMP.

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