Truck mishap in NE Oklahoma City topples power poles, blocking street

A truck mishap early Tuesday toppled power poles near the Oklahoma state Capitol in Oklahoma City, shutting down traffic on NE 23 between Kelley Avenue and Interstate 235.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm •  Published: March 26, 2013

Three utility poles were toppled Tuesday morning, causing a power outage at the Governor's Mansion, 820 NE 23, and traffic problems along NE 23 near the state Capitol, authorities said.

Surveillance video from the Governor's Mansion shows a truck clipping a low-hanging wire and causing the poles to topple, said Karen Kurtz, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman.

The problem was reported about 6:15 a.m. and Oklahoma City police closed NE 23 between Kelley Avenue and Interstate 235 until the lines and poles were removed.

A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin said the power outage Tuesday morning did not affect normal operations at the mansion and that emergency generators immediately came on.