Power lines are down after a dump truck snapped a utility pole in Nanaimo’s south end on Monday morning.
Emergency crews were called to the accident in the 800 block of Old Victoria Road at about 11:40 a.m. to find a dump truck had tipped onto its side.
Emergency crews on the scene said the dump truck was driving northbound on Old Victoria Road when its dump box snagged power lines crossing the road.
“The dump truck was travelling north on Old Victoria Road. He still had his box up after doing a dump somewhere,” said Capt. Bryun Ashlie, Nanaimo Fire Rescue. “It hit the lines … and basically snapped the power pole in half and pulled the high tension lines off.”
No other vehicles on the road were involved, but the dump box connected with two SUVs in the parking at the Clay Tree Society centre.
According to B.C. Hydro’s website, the incident caused an outage for about 1,500 residents in south Nanaimo. Hydro crews are now on scene.
Ashlie confirmed the truck’s driver was not injured. Old Victoria Road is closed at Seventh Street.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance, BC HYDRO on scene 800 block Old Victoria Rd with rolled-over semi tractor.
Powerlines down. Old Victoria Rd closed at Seventh St.
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