Commercial vehicle driver charged, after crane catches overhead power lines

By Lara Fominoff @LaraFominoff on Twitter
March 11, 2019 - 4:58pm

LETHBRIDGE - The driver of a commercial vehicle has been charged with Failing to Ascertain Sufficient Space for Movement, after several power poles were broken in downtown Lethbridge Monday morning. The charges fall under the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation.

A one-block area was between 3 Ave. S. and 4 Ave. S. along 8 St. S. was closed to traffic for hours, while police, firefighters and other crews attended the scene.

According to Lethbridge Police the vehicle was driven with its crane partially extended, resulting in overhead power lines caught, and several poles breaking and falling over.

One of poles landed on a vehicle with a person seated inside. The occupant exited when it was confirmed there was no power in the lines. The person was not injured.

Power to the area was disrupted, as were other services.

It's not clear what the cost of repairing the lines or the poles may be at this time. 

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