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Mum grabs toddler as truck trailer crashes through fence

POLE DOWN: A truck lost its trailer in Bonar St while crossing Oaka St and it knocked down a power pole and the Street family’s fence on Saturday. About 1340 people lost their electricity when the pole fell.
POLE DOWN: A truck lost its trailer in Bonar St while crossing Oaka St and it knocked down a power pole and the Street family’s fence on Saturday. About 1340 people lost their electricity when the pole fell. Mike Richards

A POWER pole and a fence were all that stood between the Street family and tragedy on Saturday.

At 12.30pm a truck lost its trailer on Oaka St, knocking down the Ergon Energy power pole and their front fence.

On the other side of the fence just moments earlier, was Ewen and Anita's three-year-old son Carter Street.

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"It could have been a lot worse," Ewen said.

"My wife, who's 28-weeks pregnant, heard the truck driver yelling out.

"She ran to the front yard to grab Carter and they ran out to the back of the house," he said.

Mr Street said the pole "exploded" and half of it went through the fence.

The family, who have lived in the home for three years, had temporarily fixed their fence with rope on Sunday morning.

Their power was restored at 9am on Sunday.

"The guys from Ergon did their best and the Gladstone police were really good too," Mr Street said.

The accident left 1340 residents without power.

Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Bob Pleash said 182 customers were without power overnight.

"There was a significant amount of damage that impacted both Ergon Energy and effected parts of the community," he said.

Mr Pleash said all available crews were at the site co-ordinating with emergency services, while trying to restore power for as many customers as quickly as possible.

"The impact from the trailer snapped the pole completely in half and our crews moved quickly to make the area safe for other emergency service workers and the general public alike.

"Suffice to say a considerable amount of damage was caused and a lot of time was spent by our crews and other emergency service agencies safely removing the trailer from the scene."

Topics:  accident, crash, editors picks, emergency, ergon energy, gladstone




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