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Two-day disruption due to truck snagging line

Avista: "We didn’t lose any power. It just broke a 45-foot pole"

Avista crews were on the Grangeville truck route Saturday afternoon, Aug. 26, replacing a utility pole damaged in a vehicle accident earlier that morning.

Photo by David Rauzi
Avista crews were on the Grangeville truck route Saturday afternoon, Aug. 26, replacing a utility pole damaged in a vehicle accident earlier that morning.



— Phone service was disrupted to a northeast corner of town for two days following a vehicle mishap that tore down an estimated 700 feet of line last Saturday on the Grangeville truck route.

Investigation is continuing by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office into the Aug. 26 incident, reported at 10:57 a.m. near North Myrtle Street intersection, in which a westbound truck hauling equipment snagged the overhanging line. No further information was available as of press time. Phone service was disrupted in the immediate area, which included the city public works building and Idaho Transportation Department facility.

According to CenturyLink spokesman Stephen Mosher, a 50-pair copper cable was cut in the incident, and service was restored Monday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this has created for the small amount of customers serviced by this line,” Mosher said.

“We didn’t lose any power. It just broke a 45-foot pole,” said Avista lineman Nick Slichter, along with hauling about three spans of phone line more than a block along the truck route. Crews with the utility were on scene shortly after the accident, having first strapped and stabilized the nearly split utility pole at which point they began excavation for installing a new pole.

ICSO Deputy Mike Brewster is handling the investigation.



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