Garbage truck hits power lines in West Ashley causing traffic delays, power outages

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – About 6:41 a.m. this morning, a garbage truck pulled down power and cable lines on Glenn McConnell Parkway near Bairds Cove.

The news release states that this caused the closure of the parkway between Bairds Cove and West Wildcat Boulevard for several hours.

A Carolina Waste and Recycling garbage truck traveling north on the parkway with its front trash receptacle in an elevated position struck a traffic signal causing damage to the traffic signal box, according to Public Information Officer Charles Francis.

The garbage truck then continued north on the parkway where it struck elevated power and cable lines, Francis stated. The wires came down across the roadway which resulted in damage to two vehicles traveling south on the parkway. Two utility poles were also severed in half.

There were power outages in nearby neighborhoods, West Ashley High School and to several traffic signals along the parkway, Franics added.

Immediately following the incident, police officers were dispatched to the area and began re-routing traffic. The parkway was reopened to traffic at about 9:35 a.m.

The driver of the Carolina Waste and Recycling truck was cited for the incident.

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