Truck hits pole, disrupts power service

PARKERSBURG – A large delivery truck sideswiped a power pole on Gihon Road Tuesday, knocking out power to an estimated 1,500 south Parkersburg residents.

Power was restored by early afternoon.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. and closed a section of Gihon Road. First responders were called in to direct traffic at several intersections.

Sgt. Phil Giffen with the Parkersburg Police Department said the truck was driven by Bryan Morgan, 46, of Sophia, W.Va. The vehicle, a 2013 Kenworth single unit box truck, is owned by Worldwide Equipment of Lexington, Ky.

“Just past the Beverly Street intersection there is a curve,” Giffen said. “He moved over for oncoming traffic and a tire went off the roadway and the wet ground gave way, pulling the vehicle into the utility pole and causing the pole to fall over.”

The front passenger side of the truck sustained damage, but the driver was not injured. Giffen said power lines fell and struck another car, but no damage was reported.

Morgan was cited for failure to maintain control.

MonPower showed an initial outage of 1,500 customers in the south Parkersburg area. By 1 p.m. the company’s online site showed no outages.

Superintendent Pat Law said the incident affected power at three schools: Gihon Elementary, Martin Elementary and Edison Middle. All three remained open Tuesday and officials at Gihon Elementary School said power was restored to their building around 10:15 a.m.

The two other schools, however, remained dark for several more hours.

“The rooms have been darker than we’d like,” Law said. “We’re making some adjustments in lunches. We won’t be able to prepare some of the hot foods so we are looking at cold lunch.”

The power was restored to Martin and Edison shortly before noon, but had to be taken offline due to issues at the power poles, he said. Full power was restored around 12:30 p.m., officials said.