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Crash! Dump truck goes up, power lines come down

Part of LaCholla was blocked for about seven hours
Posted at 7:06 AM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 21:22:30-05
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Early Thursday morning, a dump truck, with its bed up, knocked down power lines on LaCholla just south of Wetmore.
The accident kept part of LaCholla closed for almost seven hours.
It was well before dawn when the truck, with its dump trailer high in the air, tried to drive under some power lines.
It didn't make it, but it did make enough commotion to wake Matthew Farrell in his house across the street.
"I heard some massive crashing sound and I stayed in bed, I didn't know what it was but I heard my roommate scream and I didn't know what happened until just now."
The company that owns the truck is not free to talk about why and how the accident happened.
Workers untangled the truck and Tucson Electric Power linemen went to work repairing the damage.
They blocked a section of road to keep themselves and drivers safe. Luckily that part of LaCholla is not as busy as the wider, much busier stretch farther north.
Drivers who know the neighborhood were able to detour fairly easily but Mary Wasko is not from around there had a little trouble finding her way on a critical mission: getting her wheelchair fixed.
She said, "I'm trying to get my chair fixed.”
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked: “Your wheelchair?” 
Wasko: “Yes. And they told me to come straight on, this is LaCholla isn't it?  To come straight on La Cholla."
By about 12:45pm the TEP crews were wrapping up, ready to pull the barricades and let traffic start flowing again.