Truck yanks down Seymour utility wires
SEYMOUR -- Great Hill Road was closed for part of the day Friday after a truck with its body partially extended in the air took down utility wires.
Just after 9 a.m., officers on routine patrol saw the wires down on Great Hill Road near North Benham Road, according to police spokesman Lt. Paul Satkowski. While investigating, the officers found a truck that is used to haul metal trash bins stopped in the middle of the road with utility wires down around it, he said.
"The truck itself also became entangled in some of the wires," Satkowski said, and poles were damaged. The wires were phone and television cable, he said, but those services weren't interrupted as a result of the incident.
Officers learned that the truck had delivered a trash bin to a residence on Country Club Road and left there, traveling on Great Hill Road, also known as Route 334, Satkowski said. But the driver forgot to lower the hydraullic boom on the truck, he said. That caused the back of the truck to remain in the air, and ultimately catch the wires strung across the road, ripping them down from the utility poles, Satkowski said.
The driver of the truck, Chester Bennett, 56, of Waterbury, was charged with excessive vehicle height, Satkowski, which includes a fine of $2,250. Bennett was driving a truck owned by Joe Rocco Rubbish Removal LLC of Goshen, Satkowski said.
Great Hill Road was closed to traffic for most of the afternoon and into the evening, Satkowski said, in order to allow for repairs to the poles and wires.
The road reopened at about 10 p.m., according to police.
"The sole cause of this accident appears to be operator error," Satkowski said. No one was injured.