For the second time in a month, a dump truck has caught on power lines on Old Victoria Road. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Dump truck snags power lines in exact same spot as incident last month in Nanaimo

Intersection closed at Old Victoria Road near Seventh Street

For the second time in a matter of weeks, a dump truck has gotten caught on power lines on Old Victoria Road.

Emergency crews were called out at about 11:45 a.m. Friday, June 26, to find a dump truck had gotten caught in a power line and pulled down a utility pole.

Capt. Corey Gannon, of Nanaimo Fire Rescue, said there were no injuries in today’s incident.

“The truck hit telephone lines,” Gannon said when asked about the incident. “Apparently [the driver] didn’t have his bucket down. The driver got out on his own before we got here. It was the same company, the same spot.”

B.C. Hydro crews are now on scene and Gannon estimated power could be out three to four hours in the area.

The incident happened in the exact same spot where a dump truck snagged a power line and crashed May 25, knocking out hydro and internet.

Bill Mickelson, an area resident, wondered about the frequency of the accidents.

“Last time, the driver rolled it and it landed on a car,” said Mickelson. “There’s a school there … they could’ve been on the road. I just don’t understand how the same accident happens twice within a month.”

A message was left with the company, Milestone Equipment Contracting Inc., seeking comment.

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