Truckie’s shock escape

THE driver of a tipper truck experienced a close call last Friday morning, when his vehicle hit a power line in Virginia.

A police spokeswoman said the male driver was making a delivery to a private property on Angle Vale Road at the time of the incident, which occurred during wet conditions, shortly before 9.30am.

“Obviously, the tipper part of the truck had lifted up and brought the power lines down,” she said.

The male driver was trapped in the truck for around half an hour following the incident, to avoid electrocution, as the power line was initially arcing on top of the truck.

The man escaped injury, but was then conveyed to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

Country Fire Service units joined police and paramedics at the scene, with SA Power Networks and Playford Council staff also arriving to assess the damage to the power line.

Traffic was diverted from the section of Angle Vale Road near the incident for almost an hour after emergency services arrived.

SA Power Networks spokesman Paul Roberts said 16 customers in the vicinity of the incident lost power as a result of the low-voltage line falling to the ground.

It took SA Power Networks’ crews three hours to restore the power.

“We would pursue costs from the driver, and normally that would be through their insurance,” Mr Roberts said.

A bystander at the scene, who wished not to be named, said it appeared the driver had miscalculated the height of the truck while driving underneath the power line.

“He’s a very lucky man,” he said.

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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