Truck hits highway sign, power lines near US-169

by: Lynn Casey Updated:

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TULSA, Okla. - There was some chaos around 21st Street and Highway 169 Thursday evening when a truck hit the highway sign and pulled some power lines down.

“Then there was another explosion and then our lights totally went out,” said Lisa Felts at Hair Connections.

More than 1,500 customers lost power due to the accident. A high-load truck traveling northbound on Highway 169 caused the problem.

“They actually hung the bottom conductor and tore it down. That dominoed the rest of the arms and poles that were broken,” said Mark Hardison from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

When the truck caught the wires on the bridge over 21st Street, it pulled down wires for a quarter mile out in both directions, shutting down 21st Street. Some of the wires caused small fires in grass medians and when cars drove over them.

“(I) looked up and saw the power lines dancing up there and I was looking around to see if it was the wind blowing; there wasn’t much wind,” said witness Marvin Ashmore.

The truck kept going and further north on 169 it took out the highway sign. That was an indicator crews said that load was way too high. A mistake the businesses nearby said kept their customers away for hours and made them more than a little nervous.

“That’s what was nerve-wracking to me and more of a concern was that someone would be hurt,” Felts said.

Power was restored to all customers Thursday night.