Teslin loses power after semi knocks over pole
Slippery conditions caused a semi-truck to bowl over a power pole in Teslin Thursday, knocking out power to the entire community for several hours.
The truck was travelling south on the Alaska Highway when it took a bend in the road and slid near the community store, Yukon RCMP Insp. Ken Foster said yesterday.
The driver was not hurt and the truck was not carrying any cargo at the time.
But the toppled pole was a critical one, explained ATCO’s Laura Carlson.
Not only did the crash knock out the power to the community, it also prevented the backup diesel from kicking in.
Carlson said certain breakers had to be opened to keep the scene safe in case the power lines were touching anything.
The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. By about 4:30 p.m. about 100 customers, or half of the community, were back up and running on regular power.
By 7:30 p.m. things were back to normal for everybody, Carlson said.