Ergon Energy workers secured the site and restored power to a Freestone Rd home after a council vehicle accidentally pulled the power line down during road resealing work.Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News
Ergon Energy workers secured the site and restored power to a Freestone Rd home after a council vehicle accidentally pulled the power line down during road resealing work.Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News Sophie Lester

Outage after power lines pulled down

A SINGLE property lost power when a truck pulled down power lines on Freestone Rd yesterday.

Southern Downs Regional Council workers were doing routine road resealing work when a council bitumen-laying vehicle is reported to have pulled down the lines over the road at Upper Freestone.

The incident left dairy farmer Phil Christensen without power for three hours, but he labelled the ordeal as "an accident".

"These things happen - it was quite funny actually," Mr Christensen said.

"Council workers were doing road works and when the truck was laying the bitumen it hooked the wires and took down the powerline to our place.

"The driver stayed in the truck until Ergon Energy came and made the site safe."

Ergon Energy Southern region communication manager said Ergon workers had been called to secure the site and reattach the powerlines, while a council spokeswoman confirmed a council vehicle was involved.

"No one was hurt which was good," Mr Christensen said.

"I was out in the paddock when it happened and could see it from the tractor, but I wasn't close enough to hear anything.

"It was just our property affected and it delayed us by a couple of hours milking our cows, but we got it done.

"I don't know whether the wire had been sagging but it's higher now, it all turned out good in the end."



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