Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, June 21, 2010

Crane Catches Power Line

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 Mile.

   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.