Utility Line Snagged, Poles Fall On Homes & Cars
POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 4:52pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 4:58pm
SOCORRO- It looks like a tornado ripped through the neighborhood.
This morning a Lower Valley Water District trash truck drove through a Socorro neighborhood and snagged a power line that was overhead. Light polls landed on cars, electricity poles snapped in half, and power lines pulled air conditioners off homes, damaging roofs.
"When it clipped that wire, it took out a total of six poles, damaging seven homes and two cars," Socorro Spokesman David Garcia said.
"A loud thump was heard, our dogs scattered. It took them a while to come back," Jasmine Villa said.
"The insurance appraisal was going to take pictures and see the damage, and later on we are going to have to call them to see what they're going to do about it," Juan Ortiz said.
El Paso Electric shut off power, and crews immediately worked to fix the broken lines.
The driver of the truck told police the lines were too low, but neighbors say the trucks trash clamp was too high.
The Lower Valley Water District says the accident is unfortunate, but their crews are doing everything they can to clean up the debris.