Fallen power lines wreak havoc



POWERLINES sparking, hissing and arcing through the air were more than enough to send Steve Williams running in the opposite direction.

The engineer was walking across the road when he found himself way too close for comfort to powerlines brought down after a truck hit the lines on the corner of Crowe Street and Hanson Road yesterday.

'There were lots of sparks and lots of noise,' Steve said.

'I've got a fair idea what happens when two wires short together.

'I said 'run'. We ran for our lives.'

The engineer is no stranger to the dangers of electricity so when he saw the power lines fall and heard them sparking, not a moment was spared for complacency.

Nobody was injured but the commotion and blackout sent people running outside to see what had happened.

The truck mounted crane contacted and brought down the powerlines about midday yesterday, interrupting power to 24 nearby industrial and commercial customers for about two hours.

Ergon Energy operations manager Geoff Hall said the site was made safe and repairs began shortly after the incident.

'In all some 300 metres of powerline had to be replaced before power was restored to affected customers around 2.30pm,' Mr Hall said.

'These types of incidents can and do have the very real potential to cause serious and even fatal injury to not only machinery operators but also other members of the public.'

Mr Hall reminded operators of heavy machinery to remember to 'look up and live' and maintain a safe clearance between machinery and any nearby electrical assets.



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