Dump truck mishap causes power outages in Beaumont

photo by Kevin King

A city of Beaumont dump truck driver picking up debris with his truck's boom caused widespread power outages Thursday, June 19, when the driver lifted his boom too high and entangled it with power lines on the corner of Sixth and Long streets.

Power outages ranged from Babe Zaharias Park near Interstate Highway 10 all the way south to near Crocket Street. From east to west, the outage spanned from around Magnolia Avenue to 7th Street, according to Entergy's website.

Beaumont Police Sgt. Rob Flores said the incident happened around 11:20 a.m., and there were no injuries reported.

The incident caused many businesses on Calder to not have power during the lunch rush, however, and according to Entergy's website, about 900 customers were affected. 

After Entergy workers safely removed the tangled boom of the truck from the power lines, allowing the city dump truck driver to drive the truck out from under the damaged power lines, Entergy workers were able to saw the top half of a utility pole and lift it away with a crane before replacing the pole.

Power was restored around 1:30 p.m.

—Clay Thorp contributed to this article