Dump truck causes power outage in Sloan

A dump truck crashed into power lines in Sloan on September 19th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A dump truck crashed into power lines in Sloan on September 19th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

SLOAN – A dump truck contracted to perform work for the Village of Sloan pulled down wires causing a series of issues Tuesday afternoon.

Carrie Becht was inside her house when the crash happened and the power popped.  “It sounded like, boom.  It sounded like somebody hit my car.”

A dump truck crashed into power lines in Sloan on September 19th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A dump truck crashed into power lines in Sloan on September 19th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

The dump truck took out the wires at the intersection of Gates and Roland.  The force snapped a power pole across the street front Kiebzak’s restaurant sparking a small fire in the trees and leaving a transformer dangling.  Other wires were also brought down forcing the police and Sloan firefighters to close off the street around a two block radius.

Ms. Becht said the dump body of the truck was up when the truck hit the wires.

“He backed up and took the wires off himself which I would have never touched by myself,” said Ms. Becht.

Power to around 109 people was cut while a NYSEG crew repaired the damage.  Sloan firefighters were seen assisting kids to their homes. No one was hurt in the incident.