June 23, 2009

Beer truck crash takes out power lines

Police in Vermont said a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of beer crashed into a swamp, taking down power lines and shutting down a road for hours.

Authorities said some utility customers in West Swanton and Alburgh lost power for a time Monday while crews worked to repair the damaged power lines, which had to be removed before the truck could be pulled from the ditch off Route 78 in Swanton, WCAX-TV, Burlington, Vt., reported Tuesday.

The truck (has) ... to be offloaded before we even attempt to pull it out of the ditch, Assistant Chief Travis Greeno of the Swanton Fire Department said. So it's going to be a long day. Route 78 will have to be shut down once they start trying to get the truck out of the ditch, so it's going, it will be a long afternoon ... it'll be well into the afternoon before this truck comes out of here.

Route 78 was eventually reopened after several hours. No beer or fuel was spilled into the swamp.

Authorities said the truck driver was unharmed. No cause for the crash was immediately determined.