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Truck causes transformer to blow in Canyon City

About 100 OTEC customers without power

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 12, 2017 1:16PM

Volunteer firefighters and law enforcement respond to a fire on Tuesday in Canyon City on Highway 395 and Bridge Street. A lowboy with a tall load caught power lines as it traveled south on the highway, causing a transformer to blow. Three power poles were snapped in half and lines were down. In photo: Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, left, Oregon State Police Sergeant Tom Hutchison and Canyon City’s Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Caughlin (back),  fireman Jason Leighton and Fire Chief Matt Turner (behind tree).

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Volunteer firefighters and law enforcement respond to a fire on Tuesday in Canyon City on Highway 395 and Bridge Street. A lowboy with a tall load caught power lines as it traveled south on the highway, causing a transformer to blow. Three power poles were snapped in half and lines were down. In photo: Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, left, Oregon State Police Sergeant Tom Hutchison and Canyon City’s Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Caughlin (back), fireman Jason Leighton and Fire Chief Matt Turner (behind tree).

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A power pole lays across Bridge Street in Canyon City near Highway 395 South late Tuesday morning. A lowboy traveling south on the highway caught some lines with a tall load. Three power poles were snapped in half, a transformer blew and lines were down. About 100 OTEC customers were without power.

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A power pole lays across Bridge Street in Canyon City near Highway 395 South late Tuesday morning. A lowboy traveling south on the highway caught some lines with a tall load. Three power poles were snapped in half, a transformer blew and lines were down. About 100 OTEC customers were without power.

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Responding to a fire in Canyon City are, from left, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, and Canyon City’s Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Caughlin, Fire Chief Matt Turner and fireman Jason Leighton. Behind Leighton is a blown transformer and a power pole with the bottom half snapped off. Two other power poles and lines were down in the area of Highway 395 South and Bridge Street.

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Responding to a fire in Canyon City are, from left, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, and Canyon City’s Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Caughlin, Fire Chief Matt Turner and fireman Jason Leighton. Behind Leighton is a blown transformer and a power pole with the bottom half snapped off. Two other power poles and lines were down in the area of Highway 395 South and Bridge Street.

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Volunteer firefighters and law enforcement respond to a fire in Canyon City on Highway 395 and Bridge Street. A lowboy caught power lines as it traveled south on the highway, causing a transformer to blow. Three power poles were snapped in half and lines were down. In photo: Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, left, Oregon State Police Sergeant Tom Hutchison and Canyon City’s Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Caughlin (back), fireman Jason Leighton and Fire Chief Matt Turner (behind tree).

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Volunteer firefighters and law enforcement respond to a fire in Canyon City on Highway 395 and Bridge Street. A lowboy caught power lines as it traveled south on the highway, causing a transformer to blow. Three power poles were snapped in half and lines were down. In photo: Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, left, Oregon State Police Sergeant Tom Hutchison and Canyon City’s Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Caughlin (back), fireman Jason Leighton and Fire Chief Matt Turner (behind tree).

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Downed powerlines on Bridge Street in Canyon City on Tuesday, near Highway 395 South.

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Downed powerlines on Bridge Street in Canyon City on Tuesday, near Highway 395 South.

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Canyon City and John Day firefighters responded to a blaze caused by a blown transformer at 10:21 a.m. Tuesday in Canyon City.

Three power poles were snapped and power lines were also down at Highway 395 South and on Bridge Street.

The fire was extinguished within minutes of firefighters’ response, and was contained near the transformer.

Officials on the scene initially said 100 OTEC customers were without power due to the incident.

Lara Petitclerc-Stokes, OTEC’s manager of communications and government affairs, later reported there were approximately 24 members in the Rebel Hill and South Washington Street areas were without power Tuesday. Power was safely restored to 20 households that afternoon. Power was expected to be restored to the three or four remaining customers last night.

She noted one damaged pole remains which crews are working to replace, and electricians were also working to replace damaged member panels.

One witness reported seeing a lowboy with a tall load catch power lines as it traveled south on the highway, and another witness said he heard a loud explosion and heard a semitruck passing at the same time.

Officers from Grant County Sheriff’s office, Oregon State Police and John Day Police Department responded along with Oregon Trail Electric Co-op and Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP Sgt. Tom Hutchison said a truck driver pulling a lowboy with logging equipment clipped the lines.

Hutchison said the maximum height for trucks is 14 feet without a permit, and the truck’s load was 16 feet in height.









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