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Trucks snap pole, electricity restored to most of Gray Highway

A power line fell on Gray Highway. Police are re-directing traffic.
A power line fell on Gray Highway. Police are re-directing traffic. lfabian@macon.com

Trucks traveling on Gray Highway snagged utility lines and snapped a pole which triggered a power outage Tuesday morning.

Witnesses say a log truck first caught lines and cracked the pole and kept going.

Shawn Wilson also was driving a tractor trailer southbound toward Macon when he hit the stretched lines, snagged them, broke them and pulled the pole down into the street.

The accident happened in front of the U-Haul office in the 700 block of Gray Highway where Tiffany Holland was on duty and saw the arcing power lines.

"It was a big blue light and all you'd see was the power surging up the rest of the lines and me ducking to get out of the way," Holland said. "When the second truck came through, it was a really big blue light up there and all you could hear was 'pop, pop, pop, pop.' Yes, it was very scary."

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office detoured southbound traffic onto Second Street for more than 30 minutes as Georgia Power restrung lines and removed the broken pole.

Vehicles clogged Emery Highway trying to get back on course.

Electricity was restored within the hour, except at the U-Haul, which required more detailed repairs.

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