06-21-10 Crane Catches Power Line
Boise, June 21, 2010 - Boise
Fire is on scene at a west Boise neighborhood where the
crane on a pick up snagged a power line, breaking the pole and
causing a power outage to dozens of homes. Fortunately the
driver of the pick up was not hurt.
What Happened: At 12:10 p.m.
dispatch was notified of a downed power line on the 2200 blk of W.
Cribbens, northeast of Fairview and Cloverdale.
Boise Police and firefighters arrived and
found the crane of a water pump pick up had raised, apparently
unbeknownst to the truck driver, and snagged a power pole as the
pick up driver drove down the road. The crane pulled the power line
down breaking the pole. The crane then apparently punctured the
pick up's gas tank. Approx. two gallons of gas spilled onto the
asphalt, however firefighters say they contained the spill to the
immediate area (the white sand you see in the photo beneath the
truck is what was laid down by firefighters to absorb and contain
the gas - it is gasoline - not diesel). A Boise Fire Haz Mat team
is on the way to safely drain the leaking tank of gasoline so
the truck can be safely towed away.
Idaho Power is on scene working to restore power
to those affected. Boise Police have been told affected power
customers live within Fairview and Ustick, Cloverdale and Five
At this time, Boise Police have not issued any
citations connected to the incident. Because the downed line is on
a dead end street, there is no traffic impact.