A utility worker in Ohio barely missed being seriously injured Friday when a sagging power line from a damaged pole was snagged by a passing truck, sending the line and burning pole flying.
The incident happened in east Cleveland shortly after 5 a.m. as a Cleveland Public Power worker was preparing to work on the snapped pole near Interstate 90.
The Illuminating Company, which owns the utility pole, told FOX8 it first received a report the pole was on fire around 4:30 a.m. Workers were waiting for police to close Interstate 90 after de-energizing the line before starting to make the repairs.
A CPP crew arrived on scene and a lineman went up in a bucket and appeared to be preparing to cut the lines dangling near traffic when the passing truck snared them. The worker was able to duck for cover in the bucket and was not hurt.
Illuminating Company spokesperson Mark Durbin told FOX8 the company did not ask Cleveland Public Power for assistance.
“They, on their own, decided to go up and try to cut the wire and deal with the situation,” he said. “We saw a situation that wasn't safe, and we were trying to make it safe for the people that were driving by and for our employees. CPP, maybe they saw it differently.”
Crews were eventually able to repair the pole and line after the highway was closed to traffic.