Car shears off pole, cuts power


by: Submitted Photo  - CEC crewmen work to upright a power pole that was sheared off by a car July 21.

   About 1,500 Madras and Lone Pine area members of Central Electric Cooperative were without power for three and one half hours Monday night following a car-pole accident east of Terrebonne.
   A pickup truck struck a 45-foot power pole carrying three high-voltage transmission lines about 7:40 p.m., breaking the pole off at ground level.
   The accident occurred just north of the corner of First Street and Smith Rock Way, about one four of a mile east of Terrebonne.
   The Redmond Fire Department was called to put out a small fire started by the downed lines. Deschutes County Sheriff's Department deputies towed the disabled truck form the scene but were unable to locate the occupants of the vehicle.
   CEC crews restored power at about 11 p.m.
   "A truck with a boom was brought out, and the crew lifted the pole and lines up to restore power, then left them clamped to the boom of the truck overnight," said Jim Crowell of CEC.
   He said on Tuesday the pole and wires would have to be lowered again to do repairs, which would necessitate another power shutdown.