The Times West Virginian

March 13, 2014

Fairmont Avenue accident causes traffic delays, power outage

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A lost truck driver damaged two utilities poles and caused delays on Fairmont Avenue.

According to Marion County 911, the accident happened around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Fairmont Avenue and 10th Street.

“(The truck driver) had made a wrong turn,” Fairmont Police officer Sarah Barr said. “It appears he was trying to turn himself around and struck the pole.”

According to on-scene officials, the driver struck one utility pole and created tension on the power lines. A utility pole on the other side of road was pulled down. The pulled-down utility pole blocked Fairmont Avenue.

The truck may have been attempting to turn around or pull over, Barr said.

The Fairmont Fire Department directed traffic around the intersection. City of Fairmont workers put up road signs to direct traffic around the accident.

Power was not lost to any opened business near the intersection. The traffic lights and crosswalk signal at the Fairmont Avenue-10th Street intersection were without power

Officials from Mon Power and Time Warner Cable were on scene.

“It tooks two poles down, and we have a transformer on the ground,” Mon Power spokesman Todd Meyers said. “There was one customer associated with the poles.”

Mon Power workers first focused on removing the pole from the road.

Officials were unable to give a specific timetable for the power to be restored. There is no timetable for when the utility poles will be replaced.

No one was injured during the accident. The incident did not appear to create heavy traffic delays.

The weather was not a factor in the accident, Barr said.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or Follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.