Boom Truck Service Vehicle Tears Down Power Lines and Poles

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/18

On September 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm, a roof truss delivery boom truck owned and operated by Oregon Truss Company out of Dayton, Oregon, struck multiple power lines while travelling south on Pine Street. The driver of the boom truck had completed a delivery on North Pine Street near Barclay Drive and had failed to lower the boom crane onto the carrying cradle before leaving the job site. The boom caught a small wire near the intersection of Main Avenue and Pine Street, ripping it in half and flinging it onto the edges of the road. No wires were found arching on the roadway.

The truck continued south on Pine Street and crossed the intersection of Hwy 20/Cascade Avenue, where it then caught a full set of wires/communication cables that ran across Pine Street mid-block at the alley. This impact sheared off a power pole on each side of Pine Street and pulled the wires to the ground across Pine Street. The boom truck stopped in the southbound lane of travel on Pine Street with wires laying across the boom. The driver was able to exit the boom truck without injury or electrocution.
A Silver Mini Cooper that was parked along Pine Street facing south was damaged when the power pole on the west side of the street was broken and pulled down by the strained wires during the impact.

There were no injuries in this incident. Sisters Fire responded to this incident and assisted with road closure and scene control until the City of Sisters Public Works could bring out barricades and cones. Affected public utility companies include Central Electric Coop, Bend Broadband and Century Link.
South Pine Street between West Cascade/Hwy 20 and West Hood Street was closed for an extended period of time while the poles and wires were replaced.

Three business were without power when the service cables from the transformers to the businesses were ripped from either the power pole or the business.

No citations were issued in this incident and alcohol/drugs did not play any part in this incident.