Downed powerlines repaired

Downed power lines along Hwy 2 at the Hwy 42 overpass have been repaired following an incident in which an asphalt truck came into contact with overhead power lines on Friday afternoon.

Downed power lines along Hwy 2 at the Hwy 42 overpass have been repaired following an incident in which an asphalt truck came into contact with overhead power lines on Friday afternoon.

Power lines were pulled down across the northbound and southbound lanes of Hwy 2, bringing traffic to a halt in both directions at about 4:30 p.m. This occurred when a semi tractor-trailer that was dumping asphalt as part of a paving project on the on-off ramps of the Hwy 42 overpass came into contact with the electrical lines.

The truck’s raised trailer brought the power lines down. Six vehicles in the northbound lanes and the semi in a southbound lane were damaged by contact with a fallen wire.

There were no injuries from the accident.

Resources from Innisfail RCMP freeway patrol, Red Deer County fire, EMS and patrol, and Red Deer and Blackfalds RCMP were needed to divert traffic.

A Fortis Alberta repair crew arrived to ensure the line was no longer active and removed it from the highway, which was reopened after about 90 minutes.

The Fortis crew later returned to complete repairs.

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