Big rig catches power line in southwest Houston

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by Rekha Muddaraj / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 4:31 PM

HOUSTON – Power is out to hundreds of customers in southwest Houston Wednesday afternoon after a big rig got caught on a power line and dragged it to the ground sparking a fire.

The 18-wheeler was driving out of an apartment complex after delivering supplies around lunchtime, but it didn’t clear the power lines.

It hooked some low-hanging wires and the pole came crashing down. That caused a transformer to explode.

Officials said no one was hurt.

It knocked out power for as many as 1,400 customers in the area. CenterPoint crews have been on the scene ever since, making repairs. Police said the driver will not be ticketed.

They said traffic coming through going eastbound on Bissonnet will be a little congested at least for the evening commute.

As of 4 p.m., around 300 customers are without power.

CenterPoint crews are hoping to get those power lines up and running in the next few hours.

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