London Police say a 32-year-old man has been charged after a dump truck struck overhead power lines at an intersection in the city’s south end Friday, knocking out power to thousands of Londoners.
Officers were called to the scene of Adelaide St. and Bradley Ave. around 2:40 p.m. following reports hydro wires had been knocked down by a dump truck with its bed lifted up. The truck had been travelling southbound on Adelaide at the time, police said.
The intersection where the collision occurred is currently undergoing work for culvert and sidewalk repairs and mat replacement, according to the city.
Crews from London Hydro, Rogers, and Bell were called out to the scene as a result. Power was knocked out to about 6,000 south London customers, including White Oaks Mall and several other commercial plazas, for about an hour. London Hydro officials reported power was fully restored just after 3:30 p.m.
Police say a charge of careless driving has since been laid against a 32-year-old Ilderton man.
The intersection of Adelaide St. and Bradley Ave. will remain closed until at least 5:30 p.m. for investigation and clean-up, police said. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes.
No injuries were reported.