Fallen Lines Close US 40

by Kelly Mills on January 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

State Route 40 was shut down Monday night after a semi truck driver brought down power lines.

It happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of US 40 and Sonora Road.

According to Deputy Darrin Bohn with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department, witnesses say the driver of the semi collided with the lines while attempting to turn around. The semi driver fled the scene. Deputy Bohn says they will be using surveillance video from nearby businesses to attempt to locate the driver.

Both power and phone lines were pulled down, causing authorities to shut down the roadway until it was cleared.

American Electric Power spokesman Dave Wheeler says a primary overhead conductor was hit, which is a high voltage line. Wheeler says when that type of line is impacted the system is designed to turn off for safety reasons. Currently McDonald’s, Wendy’s and a gas station on the East Pike are without power. A crew is on scene working to restore power.