Truck knocks out utility service

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.

Police

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

p.m.

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

truck.

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

official.

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.

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