A section of Hwy. 30 at Ficken Road in Cedar Hill that was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon (July 10) is expected to reopen at about noon today (July 11), Cedar Hill Fire Protection District Chief Mick Fischer said.
The highway was closed about noon Wednesday, when a tractor-trailer hauling a grain silo to Iowa became entangled in power lines, pulling down two poles that held up power and utility lines for Ameren, AT&T and Spectrum, Fischer said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, which was headed west on Hwy. 30, and a man driving a pickup, which was traveling east, were trapped in their vehicles because of the downed power lines, Fischer said.
The chief reported that Ameren shut off power to the lines at 12:49 p.m., and the two drivers were able to exit their vehicles. He said neither driver was injured.
“There was no damage to the vehicles,” Fischer said. “They were stuck in their vehicles because the power lines were down around their vehicles. As soon as the power was shut off, we were able to get them out of their vehicles.”
Fischer said at about 5:30 a.m. today, Ameren had completed its repairs, and AT&T and Spectrum were repairing their lines in order to reopen the highway.
The accident left 1,146 customers without power until 5:22 p.m. Wednesday, an Ameren spokeswoman said.
“We knew there were a lot of people out with electric, and it was the hottest day of the year,” Fischer said. “We had fire units and EMS units checking on area residents to make sure they were OK. We tried to notify everyone about cooling center locations, and the (Cedar Hill Elks Lodge No. 2678) allowed people to go into their Hall to cool off, if they needed to.”