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Flipped gravel truck knocks out power

Above: The trailer from a tandem gravel truck flipped over as the driver turned onto 64 Avenue from 200 Street on Thursday. It took out a power pole, causing a widespread power outage in the area; below: a worker shovels sand out of the flipped trailer which had to be lightened before tow trucks could right it. - Frank BUCHOLTZ/Langley Times
Above: The trailer from a tandem gravel truck flipped over as the driver turned onto 64 Avenue from 200 Street on Thursday. It took out a power pole, causing a widespread power outage in the area; below: a worker shovels sand out of the flipped trailer which had to be lightened before tow trucks could right it.
— image credit: Frank BUCHOLTZ/Langley Times

A gravel truck flipped over at 64 Avenue and 200 Street on Thursday morning, causing both traffic congestion and a major power outage.

Witnesses told The Times that the truck was turning left onto 64 Avenue, eastbound from 200 Street, and the driver took the corner too fast. This caused the pup trailer, filled with sand, to flip over in the middle of the two eastbound lanes. As it fell over, it collided with a power pole which split in two.This damaged a transformer and caused power outages throughout much of the Willowbrook area.

Langley RCMP, Township fire department, Langley Township public works officials and BC Hydro all responded to the crash, but it took some time to clear the wreckage away. Sand had to be shoveled by hand from the trailer to allow tow  trucks from Clover Towing to right it.

Eastbound traffic on 64 Avenue was rerouted around the scene.

Hydro spent several hours working on the electrical grid in the area and restoring  power to the affected businesses and residents. There were no injuries.

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