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Big Rig Loses Brakes and Hits Power Line on Road 200, Causing Power Outage and Small Fire

NORTH FORK – At 7:50 a.m. this morning, Cal Fire, CHP and EMS responded to reports of a single vehicle accident involving a big rig truck on Road 200 near Mountain View Peak Road, approximately five miles southwest of the Bass Fork Valero gas station in North Fork.

According to CHP, the driver of the big rig, age and name unknown, lost control of the truck’s brakes and rolled over, hitting a power line and causing a small fire. Passersby reported seeing smoke emerging from the underside of the truck immediately prior to the accident.

Response included Cal Fire engines 4255, 4275, 4254, 4285, 4295,  and bulldozer transport 4242.

First engine on scene reported a roadside fire of 20 x 100 feet with power lines down over the vehicle and on the fence. The fire was quickly contained and no nearby structures were threatened.

The accident resulted in Road 200 being closed in both directions.

 

PG&E cut power to the North Fork area for approximately two and a half hours, beginning at 8:12 a.m. Approximately one thousand customers were affected.

Truck driver suffered only minor injuries.

As of 9:32 a.m., one lane had been reopened.

CHP is still investigating the cause of the accident.

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