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Homeowner recalls crash that knocked out Missoula power

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MISSOULA - Some homeowners in the South Hills area of Missoula were in the dark on Wednesday after a truck pulled down power lines.

A delivery truck caused the incident off of Gharrett Street at 6:30 a.m. when the driver turned off Gharrett and the trailer snagged a power line, shearing two poles that landed on two nearby residences.

Around 350 customers were without power including Cold Springs Elementary School. Power was restored to the school around 9 a.m., but some people in the area went without power until Wednesday afternoon.

The owner of a home that took the brunt of the hit was on his way to work when the incident happened.

"Well, I was driving to work today at 6:30. I was about halfway down the hill and I saw this delivery truck coming up the hill. I get down to Briggs Street and my wife calls to tell me to get home, there's been a big crash power went out," Bill Kostelecky recalled. "[I] turn around come back and look at my house and power poles down through the garage door neighbors pole went down."

The incident caused an estimated $20,000 in property damages, according to to the Missoula Fire Department.


(1.31.18 report)

MISSOULA - Missoula fire officials have confirmed that a semi truck brought down power lines in the South Hills on Wednesday morning.

Missoula Fire Battalion Chief Kip Knapstad says crews were called to the area of Sunridge Court and Gharrett Street at 6:30 a.m. for reports of downed power lines.

Crews initially found major transmission lines hit by a semi and the driver was still inside the cab of his vehicle due to the power lines being on top of the vehicle, according to Kip Knapstad.

Two power poles had been sheared off and were resting against two residential structures Knapstad added.

Gharrett Street was closed from Blackthorn to 55th and a MEANS alert was issued by the Missoula Fire Department to inform commuters to find an alternate route. The road remained closed as of 12:30 p.m.

The incident caused an estimated $20,000 in damage as a pole fell into the front of a resident's garage. The power was initially knocked out to about 400 NorthWestern Energy customers.

We'll have more on this developing story as information becomes available.


(first report)

MISSOULA - The Missoula Police Department reports that a section of Gharrett Street in the South Hills remains closed.

Police report that a large truck caught a power line and dragged a couple of power poles down. A third is leaning at a precarious angle.

The incident happened in the 2500 block of Sunridge Court.  Gharrett Street has been closed between 55th Street and Highwood Court. Motorists are being advised to find an alternate route and avoid the area.

NorthWestern Energy reports that over 150 customers in the area are without power. Authorities say that there were initially 350 customers in the dark including Cold Springs Elementary School.

Crews hope to have the power poles repaired and the road reopened by mid-afternoon.

- information from Connor McCauley included in this report.

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