A garbage truck breaks an electric pole and causes a power outage

LAS CRUCES — A garbage truck hit a utility pole Friday morning, knocking out power to a few thousand El Paso Electric customers for about 40 minutes.

Ivan Chavarria, the spokesman for EPE, said a garbage truck hit a pole at the corner of El Camino Real Road and Spitz Avenue around 7:40 a.m. Friday. It was an isolated incident, but the pole broke, knocking out power to approximately 2,400 customers.

Power was redirected and restored at 8:20 a.m., but Chavarria said crews were still working on replacing the broken pole. He said there should be no loss of power when the lines are restored to their usual route.

Although the power was out for less than an hour, it caused delays for Las Cruces Public School buses. Jornada and Vista primary schools were without power for a short time.

Traffic was also affected as several sets of intersection lights were out, including the west intersection of US 70 and the Interstate 25 exit ramp and North Main Street and Three Crosses Avenue.

Another outage hit EPE customers on Thursday near Tortugas Pueblo when wildlife hit a substation. The power was off for about an hour. The two incidents were unrelated.

Leah Romero is the Trending Reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, [email protected] Where @rromero_leah on Twitter.

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