Low wires snag FedEx truck, which pulls down poles, shutting off power

Power was restored to about a dozen Federal Hill businesses within an hour

PROVIDENCE — The roof of a FedEx truck snagged low-hanging wires and pulled down two utility poles and some transformers on Washington Street just after 1 p.m. Thursday, knocking out power to a dozen Federal Hill businesses for about an hour, spokesmen for National Grid and Providence police said.

Jennifer Bray of National Grid said the utility got a call at 1:12 p.m. that multiple poles and transformers were down in the area of 397 Washington St., near Winter Street.

Providence police said the truck snagged a low-hanging wire at about 1:05 p.m. and pulled down two poles, which disconnected the wires. The driver was out of the truck before a crew from National Grid arrived.

Power was restored to about a dozen businesses within an hour, Bray said, but crews were still replacing poles as darkness fell.

No one was injured.

FedEx Global Media released a statement saying “We are grateful there were no reported injuries. We are assessing the situation and will work directly with local officials as they investigate.”

The road was closed while lines were down.


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