Power restored to hundreds in West Roxbury after cement truck pulls down 2 utility poles

Some fallen power lines were resting on top of the truck, so Eversource cut their power to make sure the area was safe.

Power has been restored to the nearly 800 Eversource customers in West Roxbury who were affected by outages Tuesday, according to the power company.

The outage was caused by a cement truck catching on low-hanging wires and pulling down two utility poles in the process, Eversource spokesperson Reid Lamberty said.

The incident happened near a Mobil gas station at 1465 VFW Parkway and affected the power on Eastwood Circuit, Hemlock Road, Caledonian Avenue, and Oakmere Street. Lamberty estimated it happened around 1 p.m.

Some fallen power lines were resting on top of the cement truck, Lamberty said, so Eversource cut their power to make sure the area was safe. No one was injured.

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Electricity was quickly restored to all but just over 150 customers, he said, and the power company brought in generators to accommodate those who remained without power.

Lamberty said the wires that caught on the truck weren’t power wires, since those are hung at the top of utility poles. The low-hanging wires were probably for phone or cable lines.

Police told WCVB-5 the height of the cement truck was legal, and the height of power lines is only regulated when they are strung over public property.