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Truck strikes power pole, driver forced to stay in vehicle due to live wires


Chippewa County (WQOW) - Tense moments at a summer camp in Chippewa County Tuesday.   Firefighters say a truck hit a power pole outside Kamp Kenwood.

The truck then ran over the lines which were still live so the driver stayed in his vehicle until help arrived and the power was cut. That happened around 10:30 a.m. and the camp went without power for much of the day.  

A camp representative said they're grateful no one was hurt. She said a road was closed, but bottled water was brought in and everyone did their job so camp activities could continue.  

That wasn't the only outage Tuesday. Xcel Energy says a lightning strike near a substation Tuesday morning knocked out power to 1,300 customers in Nelson and also in southwestern Pepin County. 

Crews were hoping to have power restored to everyone by 4 p.m.

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