Vehicle hits power poles on Hwy 110 south of Whitehouse, causing grass fire, power outage

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Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 9:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2022 at 12:03 AM CDT
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A duo of power poles was knocked down by a wreck, officials say, and the downed lines started a grassfire.

The fire was on Hwy 110 near Black Jack Road, south of Whitehouse. The fire crews responded and had to shut down through traffic in both directions while they awaited Oncor’s arrival.

Oncor crews arrived to cut the power to the lines. Firefighters then were able to begin battling the grass fire.

ONCOR spokesperson Tom Trimble said that a vehicle struck a pair of power poles that had a wooden rack attached to them, with regulators on that structure. Those poles fell, and the fire was started when the lines came down. Trimble said it left about 400 customers without power, but that they’re working to get it restored as soon as possible.

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