Semi trailer gets stuck in cables


By Sheryl Roadcap - sroadcap@sidneydailynews.com



A DP&L worker cuts cables off of the top of a semitrailer on Huber Street near its intersection with East Lynn Street in Botkins on Wednesday, Aug. 26 shortly before 4 p.m. Driving north on Huber Street the semitrailer became entangled in the low hanging electric and telephone wires pulling down a utility pole and snapping a large branch from a tree. The driver of the semi trailer waited in the trucks cab until it was safe to leave. The Botkins Police and Botkins Fire Department responded to the scene.

A DP&L worker cuts cables off of the top of a semitrailer on Huber Street near its intersection with East Lynn Street in Botkins on Wednesday, Aug. 26 shortly before 4 p.m. Driving north on Huber Street the semitrailer became entangled in the low hanging electric and telephone wires pulling down a utility pole and snapping a large branch from a tree. The driver of the semi trailer waited in the trucks cab until it was safe to leave. The Botkins Police and Botkins Fire Department responded to the scene.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

BOTKINS — Power lines had to be cut down, and a utility pole and transformer replaced after a semitrailer became entangled in the wires in the village of Botkins Wednesday afternoon.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s dispatch received a report a semi hit a power line at Huber Street at East Lynn Street in Botkins on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 3:47 p.m.

According to the crash report from Botkins Police Chief Tom Glass, Carl R. Waggoner, 39, of Hutchinson, Kansas, was operating a white 2018 Freightliner semitrailer northbound in the 300 block of Huber Street and was looking for a place to turn around when the top of his vehicle came in contact with DP&L and Century Link telephone wires. His trailer caught the lower hanging wires and ripped them down, along with a power pole with a transformer on it. The incident also caused damage to a tree in the 300 block of Huber Street. The vehicle sustained minor damage.

According to DP&L, 36 customers lost and had power restored in the Botkins area of Huber Street at East Lynn Street on Wednesday.

“We were there around 4 and had it all cleared by 10 p.m.,” said Mary Ann Kabel, DP&L director of corporate communications.

She reported DP&L began working on the snagged line at 3:50 p.m. By 5:21 p.m., Kabel said 34 customers had power restored, with the remaining 2 customers’ power restored at 10 p.m.

“Crews worked until 10 p.m. (Wednesday) night replacing the pole and transformer. A truck snagged the line, broke the pole, dragging the pole and transformer approximately 50 feet,” Kabel’s email said DP&L’s work.

No one was injured in the incident.

In addition to Botkins Police and DP&L, Botkins Fire and Anna Rescue also responded to the scene.

A DP&L worker cuts cables off of the top of a semitrailer on Huber Street near its intersection with East Lynn Street in Botkins on Wednesday, Aug. 26 shortly before 4 p.m. Driving north on Huber Street the semitrailer became entangled in the low hanging electric and telephone wires pulling down a utility pole and snapping a large branch from a tree. The driver of the semi trailer waited in the trucks cab until it was safe to leave. The Botkins Police and Botkins Fire Department responded to the scene.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/08/web1_SDN082820Wires-1.jpgA DP&L worker cuts cables off of the top of a semitrailer on Huber Street near its intersection with East Lynn Street in Botkins on Wednesday, Aug. 26 shortly before 4 p.m. Driving north on Huber Street the semitrailer became entangled in the low hanging electric and telephone wires pulling down a utility pole and snapping a large branch from a tree. The driver of the semi trailer waited in the trucks cab until it was safe to leave. The Botkins Police and Botkins Fire Department responded to the scene. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

By Sheryl Roadcap

sroadcap@sidneydailynews.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.