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Mexia police: Semi-truck clipped utility pole wires causing power outage in city

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Posted at 6:17 AM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 22:42:19-04

Nearly 1,100 people were without power in Mexia on Friday morning after police say a semi-truck clipped overhead wires that were attached to a utility pole.

The accident happened before 5 a.m. at the intersection of Ross Avenue and Tyler Street.

Rachel Dabney who lives on Ross Avenue watched the accident happened.

"The truck came and the next thing you know, he is pulling the wires and just stretching them all the way halfway down the house," Dabney said.

The Mexia Police Department and Fire Department were on the scene since the early morning working with Oncor and Northland Cable to resolve the outage.

"In any instance, we want to have our customers restored as quickly as possible. No matter what the weather conditions are," Oncor Area Manager Pat Ann Wilson said.

Friday, temperatures were expected to soar in Central Texas, with highs expected to reach 109 degrees, breaking the record of 104 degrees set in 2004.

"I woke up, sweating and I look outside and all the work trucks were out here about 5 a.m.," Mexia resident Harvey Harrison said.

Harvey's power was restored by 9 a.m., which was the same time most customers had the power back on. At 11:15 a.m., only six customers were without power, which was restored by 3 p.m. 

Dabney went to a friend's house with her nieces and nephews to cool off.

"They're not equipped to be in a real hot house. My main concern was them and to get them where it was a little bit cooler," Dabney said. "Especially being as hot as it is. I don't want them to end up having a heat stroke and something really bad happens."

Limestone County Emergency Management Coordinator Matt Groveton said the accident happened in a major intersection of power, causing the widespread outage Friday morning.

A cooling station was established at the First Baptist Church of Mexia for the elderly and those without power until it was restored.

Mexia Police issued a ticket to the 18-wheeler driver because he was not driving in an approved truck route, which goes against a city ordinance. The offense is a Class C misdemeanor, which has a fine of up to $500.

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