DTE breaks poles; 1,800 lose power

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — About 1,800 homes and businesses lost power late Wednesday afternoon after a DTE Energy truck broke two power poles in East Grand Rapids.

The utility truck driving along Lakeside Drive near Reeds Lake Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. did not have its boom completely lowered and stowed. The boom hit a wire and pulled two utility poles down. One was shredded.

A DTE Energy truck broke a Consumers Energy power pole in East Grand Rapids. (April 9, 2014)The other pole snapped at the base, its top coming to rest on the hood of a car parked 10 to 15 feet away.

There were no reports of injuries.

About 1,800 customers in East Grand Rapids lost power, some for several hours. By 11:30 p.m., fewer than 20 customers were without power, the Consumers power outage map showed.

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