About 1,400 homes were without power for several hours Monday evening after a dump truck hit a power pole on state Highway 75 just north of Elkhorn Road.
Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Ketchum Division officers responded to the scene of a dump truck vs. power poles accident just north of Elkhorn Road on state Highway 75 around 5 p.m. Monday. No one was injured and one citation was issued.
According to Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Will Fruehling, the dump truck, driven by Eric Palmer, 56, of Gooding, turned right from Serenade Lane in Ketchum, heading south on Highway 75 with the bed of the truck lifted. The truck bed hit a power pole, and the pole began to fall, taking a second pole with it.
Idaho Power reported that power was out for several hours as its crew replaced the power poles.
Ketchum Assistant City Administrator Lisa Enourato said the Ketchum Fire Department also responded to the scene, as sparks flew when the power poles fell. One engine and a crew of four responded and helped to control traffic as the utility company replaced its poles.
Palmer was cited for leaving the scene of an accident, according to Fruehling, and no one was injured.