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Truck crash causes power outage in Parkersburg

MonPower crews work to replace a utility pole damaged when a box truck went off the road and struck it Wednesday morning at the Go Mart at 1401 Staunton Ave. in Parkersburg. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — More than 200 MonPower customers lost power for several hours Wednesday after a box truck hit a utility pole on Staunton Avenue.

The crash happened around 8:52 a.m., Parkersburg Police Sgt. S.A. Semones said. A truck owned by Black Horse Carriers and driven by Douglas Butler, 59, of Chillicothe, was traveling north on Staunton Avenue.

A statement from a witness and investigation indicated the truck did not slow down as the speed limit decreased from 45 mph to 25 mph, Semones said. It is believed Butler may have dozed off before striking the utility pole on the side of the road and the sign at the Go Mart at 1401 Staunton Ave.

“He was probably doing 45 when he hit it,” Semones said.

Butler was taken to the hospital with complaints of head and neck pain, Semones said. He was not cited.

A box truck that struck a utility pole on Staunton Avenue Wednesday morning waits to be towed from the scene. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The road was closed for more than three hours as MonPower crews worked to replace the broken pole, which was leaning over the street, partially supported by utility cables. Semones said it was a replacement pole, attached to a portion of another pole damaged in an accident about two months ago.

MonPower crews brought in another pole. It took until about 2:30 p.m. for power to be restored to the 203 affected customers, said Will Boye, spokesman for MonPower.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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