D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A late morning accident in D'Iberville on Friday snapped several utility poles, causing a power outage and forcing a detour on busy Lamey Bridge Road. A portion of that road, from Warrior Drive to Big Ridge Road, was closed to traffic for some five hours.
It was single vehicle accident which caused the mess. Power poles snapped in two by a dump truck at around 9:30 Friday morning. With lines in the roadway, emergency crews quickly detoured traffic around the hectic scene.
"Dump truck was unloading his load and left his bucket up. The bucket grabbed some power lines which then pulled down three power poles. So we've lost power to some restaurants, to the school here and to some businesses along Lamey Bridge here," said Police Chief Wayne Payne.
Lamey Bridge Road is a major roadway in the city; leading to downtown D'Iberville southbound and the busy shopping center to the north. The accident and subsequent repair work caused a five hour detour.
D'Iberville Middle School endured several hours without power, while Cafe New Orleans and the Fried Green Tomato missed out on a Friday lunch crowd.
"For safety sake. As you can see, the pole is just leaning right here behind us, broke in half. And there's some power lines still on the roadways. And the power company, God bless 'em, they're here and working very diligent to get it restored," said Chief Payne.
That power company crew from Coast Electric not only endured typical South Mississippi late summer heat and humidity.
Just before noon, the rain came. But despite the downpour, those linemen and utility crews kept at it in the pouring rain, replacing the poles and eventually restoring service.