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Truro police hope to speak with transport driver who snapped off power pole

Nova Scotia Power crews spent approximately four hours in Truro on Monday making repairs after a tractor trailer snagged a guy wire and snapped the top off a pole at the corner of Elm and Queen streets.
Nova Scotia Power crews spent approximately four hours in Truro on Monday making repairs after a tractor trailer snagged a guy wire and snapped the top off a pole at the corner of Elm and Queen streets. - Harry Sullivan

Power lost to wide-ranging area

TRURO, N.S.

A transport truck driver who snapped the top of a power pole in Truro on Monday left numerous businesses and residents without electricity for more than four hours.

Nova Scotia Power (NSP) spokeswoman Tiffany Chase said some 2,800 hundred customers lost their electricity shortly after 3 p.m.

About 1,100 customers had their power restored within about 45 minutes after electrical services were rerouted.

An eyewitness at the scene said a red tractor trailer that was turning right onto Elm Street from the Atlantic Superstore lot, snagged a guy wire, which then caused the top section of a power pole to snap off.

The driver, who never stopped, left a broken guy wire snarled on the pavement in his wake.

Truro Police chief Dave MacNeil said the incident is under investigation.

“Once we are able to track down the driver we shall learn more,” he said. “It may be possible the driver didn’t realize he caught the wire.”

Residents and business throughout the West Prince and Queen Street areas along with others on Robie and Willow Street and even sections of Harmony and Greenfield were affected by the power outage.

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