Semi truck crash knocks out power to hundreds in Cape Girardeau

Power outage after semi truck crash

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Ameren Missouri reported hundreds of outages in Cape Giardeau County on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

At 10:40 a.m. the Ameren Missouri Outage center showed 848 customers were without power in Cape Girardeau.

According to Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Rick Schmidt, a semi tractor-trailer hit a utility pole and damaged a transformer behind Trees N Trends at 201 S. Broadview.

The transformer is leaking.

According to Cape Girardeau Battalion Chief Brad Dillow, the truck was delivering to a business behind the road of Trees N Trends when the truck caught a low hanging wire. The truck dragged the wire which caused the utility pole to snap.

A transformer was attached to the pole. When it fell, mineral oil inside the transformer spilled.

Fire crews have requested that personnel with the Department of Natural Resources respond to the scene due to the transformer leaking oil.

Ameren says it will take approximately four to five hours to clean-up the oil.

The truck’s trailer was damaged in the crash.

It is not clear if there are any injuries.

According to a spokesperson with Ameren Missouri, power should be restored to a majority of customers around 11:30 a.m.

It could take crews a little longer to restore electricity to approximately 10 customers.

A power outage in Farmington, Missouri was caused by a tractor-trailer hitting a power pole on Wednesday as well.

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