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Photo: Truck hit low-hanging, newly-repaired power lines after barricades were wrongfully removed

3 months 4 days 21 hours ago Thursday, September 02 2021 Sep 2, 2021 September 02, 2021 2:20 PM September 02, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police and a soda bottling company are pivoting blame away from a trucker who took down newly-repaired powerlines in Ascension Parish overnight.

Highway officials previously warned in mass messages Wednesday, Old Perkins Road would be closed from Wednesday night through Thursday morning for utility restoration work.  Barricades were set up so drivers would not drive through the work zone.

At some point after nightfall, a semi with Coca Cola labels drove down Old Perkins and the truck got tangled in low-hanging power lines that were only just recently been repaired.

State Police said the incident happened on Old Perkins Road at Bluff Road early Thursday morning after someone moved the barricades from the roadway.

Dash camera video from the truck showed the barricades were moved prior to the trucker entering the highway.

State Police are not sure who removed the barricades. 

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