Truck hits electric wire, pulls down two poles

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A tractor-trailer driver was cited Tuesday after hitting a highline power wire with the vehicle.

Police said the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. in the 200-block of East Madison Street, which is north of downtown. A tractor-trailer was headed eastbound when it hit a highline power wire that was hanging correctly across the roadway.

The vehicle continued eastbound, stretching the wire to the point where it pulled over two poles on opposite sides of the road. One of the poles hit a home, causing moderate damage. The other hit a chain-link fence, causing minor damage.

Police said alcohol and drugs were not factors in the incident. They said the driver was unfamiliar with the area.

The driver was charged with careless driving, operation of trucks (truck routes), and size/weight restrictions.

Colorado Springs Utilities reported four customers in the area lost power. Madison Street is closed between North Nevada Avenue and Weber Avenue as utility crews complete repairs.

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