GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Just after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, dozens of people in north Gulfport heard a loud boom, and rushed outside to see what had happened. A Waste Pro truck traveling southbound on Highway 49 malfunctioned, which caused the arm on the load to rise.
"The dump truck had the arms up and it clipped the wire, and the wire was hanging low and he stopped right there," explained Canethia Parris, who works in a nearby office. "Well, then the 18 wheeler came and the wire was low. And I guess he didn't see it, and when he went through, it broke the pole."
The accident not only caused traffic in both directions of Highway 49 to come to a halt or be diverted, but more than 2,000 Mississippi Power customers also lost power for several hours.
"We were in the middle of cooking. Everybody doing their job and the power goes off," Golden Corral Associate Manager Ivin Tatum said.
Because of the power outage, some businesses ended up closing for the day. The folks at Golden Corral decided to wait it out.
"Our warmers didn't go down, because we had the doors shut. So the food is going to be re-warmed. Anything that was out, we're re-cooking," Tatum said.
Luckily, an hour after the power went out, the lights at Golden Corral were back on and employees got back to work. But those few hours with no customers had some employees worried.
"Because of all of this, we opened at four. That means I won't make hardly any money. That's kind of rough with the holidays coming around," Golden Corral employee Oscar Jenkins said.
It may have been an unexpected day of chaos, but management said somehow, they'll make up the loss.
"Lost revenue. That is lost revenue. We'll try to recover some kind of way," Tatum said.
There were no injuries reported from this accident. Power lines were repaired by 3 p.m. and traffic along Highway 49 was able to resume.