On Friday, August 19 at around 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of 271 South and Hwy 60 East, an overloaded truck hauling a huge tank was heading east with an escort service, as it was over the normal width and height. It hit a communication line and broke a utility pole down near Hancock County High School, knocking out power and internet to over 500 homes and causing both east and west bound lanes to be closed.
“The driver of the load was behind the escort truck,” Sheriff Dale Bozarth said. “The escort truck hit a wire at the school. He grabbed his radio to tell the driver to stop, and the communication didn’t go through quick enough.
The truck hauling the huge tank hung a communication line and the power line is on the same post. It broke the utility pole down, which knocked the power out and closed both the west and east bound lanes.
I’d say 500 homes lost power. People lost internet all night. Power came back on somewhere around 8:30 a.m. They didn’t get all the internet splicing done until the next day.”
Kenergy made it a priority to restore the poles and get the power up and running again.
Bozarth said that the truck driver, Janairo Edmond Brown, is from Flint, Michigan and was driving for Tony Pyles Trucking Ltd, out of Whitehouse, Ohio.
“They were hauling a huge tank – going east to Brandenburg to that big steel mill – the new steel mill. About all the stuff heading through here has been going that way,” he said.
Traffic was tied up east and west for 5 or 6 hours.
“It started right at 2 p.m. and they didn’t get done doing traffic until about 9 p.m.,” Bozarth said.
“It was easy to re-route cars, it’s kind of hard to re-route loaded trucks.
The only way you can re-route loaded trucks is to get them back on across the river and have them go and come back.
Some went down River Road, some went down the sides roads to get around – it was a mess for awhile.”
Once the word got out and truck drivers started sharing the information with each other, they began to detour around Hancock County.