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Power line downed across K-Beach

Posted: May 9, 2012 - 3:53pm  |  Updated: May 9, 2012 - 4:17pm

A dump truck snagged an electric line on Kalifornsky Beach Road about 3 p.m. Wednesday leaving about 80 homes in the area without power.

Homer Electric Association spokesman Joe Gallagher said crews responded to the incident at the intersection of K-Beach and Liberty and found two broken poles at the site of the accident.

Gallagher said he was not sure if the line had be shut off as of 4 p.m., but said HEA assumes all downed lines are still live.

"That's the assumption we always make," he said.

Residents should not touch or approach a downed line, Gallagher said.

Eyewitnesses reported several cars drove over the top of the line just after it fell on the road.

Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said traffic is being diverted through College Road and E. Poppy Lane. Peters said there was no estimate on when the stretch of road would be reopened.

No injuries were reported.

Additional details about the accident are not known at this time.

Gallagher said crews are still assessing the situation, and repairs may result in temporary larger blackouts, but that determination had not been made yet.

Gallagher also mentioned a dump truck hit a wire near Cabin Lake Road in Nikiski. Details of that incident aren't yet known.

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