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Semi-Truck Accident Causes Power Outages in Plainfield

ComEd said more than 500 customers were affected by accident at Mill Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road.

Updated at 5:45 p.m.

A semi-truck accident Wednesday afternoon led to power outages in Plainfield.

Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said a semi struck some low-hanging telephone cables near Mill Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road before 4:30 p.m.

“The semi pulled [the cables] so far that it hit the power lines,” causing sparking and burn marks to the side of the truck, Stratton said.

“It’s a big mess out here,” he said, noting that power was out in the area of Mill Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road for a two- to three-block radius. Traffic signals were out at Route 59, Route 126 and Plainfield-Naperville Road.

On Plainfield Patch’s Facebook page, a reader reported that power was also out at the Plainfield Public Library. By 5:45 p.m., Library Director Julie Milavec said power had been restored.

ComEd crews arrived on the scene around 5 p.m. and were working on restoring power. According to ComEd’s outage map, more than 500 customers were without power Wednesday afternoon.

Stratton said the semi driver was not hurt. Firefighters were waiting to make sure power to the affected cables had been cut before moving the truck, he said.

Julie B May 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Hope he gets a ticket! He had no business being on that street!
jono100 May 23, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Where are the cops?
John Smith May 23, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Prior to this street, there are NO signs that say the truck cannot be there, and there is no sign on Mill either (as you can see in the picture)
Steve Harris May 24, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Low wires are a problem for Trucks regardless of what road they go across, I believe this may not be the truck drivers liability ..
Rev May 24, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Sounds more like low telco wires.

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