Parts of Rice Street in LIHU’E were closed to traffic Thursday after a Kaua’i
Freight Co. truck with a forklift ran into utility wires and knocked out power
and telephone service to some residents, Kaua’i Police reported.
closed off traffic on Rice between Ho’olako and Kalena Street after the utility
lines came down at 10:30 a.m. The closure continued until at least 2
The Lihu’e fire station didn’t lose power because it receives
electricity from another part of the Kaua’i Electric system, according to
Kaua’i Fire Chief David Sproat.
Officials said they weren’t certain how the
utility pole came down, but witnesses said it fell after it was struck by the
Work crews with Kaua’i Electric, Verizon and Garden Island
Telecommunications were replacing the severed pole and hoped to restore
electrical and telephone service as soon as possible, said a Verizon
Staff Photo by Dennis Fujimoto
UTILITY COMPANY personnel
from Kaua`i Electric and Verizon Hawai’i clean up loose wires in preparation
for replacing them to a new pole that would replace the one shorn off in a
traffic mishap yesterday.