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Garbage truck knocks out power in Pendleton

About 1,400 without electricity for short time as repair work was done

East Oregonian

Published on February 9, 2018 1:44PM

Last changed on February 9, 2018 3:53PM

Vehicles navigate the intersections at southwest Court and Dorion avenues along 10th Street on Friday in Pendleton. The traffic signals are down and temporary stop signs have places at the intersections to control traffic.

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Vehicles navigate the intersections at southwest Court and Dorion avenues along 10th Street on Friday in Pendleton. The traffic signals are down and temporary stop signs have places at the intersections to control traffic.

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PENDLETON — A garbage truck early Friday stuck a power pole in Pendleton, knocking out electricity for about 200 Pacific Power customers.

Tom Gauntt, spokesman with Pacific Power, said repair work later that morning jumped the number to about 1,400 for a short time.

Pendleton police Lt. Chuck Byram said an officer at 4:04 a.m. saw sparks and flashes from the parking lot of Dr. Robert Pratt’s dental office, 916 S.W. Court Ave., and found a Pendleton Sanitary Service truck backed into a power pole. The collision cut off power to businesses and homes, as well as to the traffic control lights on Southwest 10th Street.

Pendleton has some tight streets and corners, Byram said, and the garbage truck drivers usually are quite adept.

Gauntt said the impact caused power lines to slap together, which blew a fuse. Crew restored electricity a few hours later.

The repair work continued into the day, he said, and around 11:30 p.m. the crews had to turn off power, which affected about 1,400 customers until 12:25 p.m.

“They are done with the stuff that should affect people’s power,” Gauntt said.

Still, he said, there could be more work, depending on damage to the pole.



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