Truck driver hits telephone pole on SR-14

No injuries reported in an accident that left a 300-foot gash in the ditch

A crew member cuts down a damaged telephone pole at Milepost 21 on westbound State Route 14. A semi truck smacked into the pole and split it in two Tuesday, at 8:39 a.m. Buy this photo

No injuries reported in an accident that left a 300-foot gash in the ditch

photo

The truck traveled about 300 feet through this ditch before taking out the telephone pole and releasing a live wire. "People said sparks were flying all over the place," said Washington State Trooper Will Finn. "It sounded pretty dramatic."

Sparks crackled and popped when truck driver Benjamin Chandler, of Carson, struck a telephone pole at Milepost 21 today, while traveling westbound on State Route 14.

“People said sparks were flying all over the place,” said Washington State Trooper Will Finn. “It sounded pretty dramatic.”

The incident occurred at 8:39 a.m. Finn said Chandler, 30, heard something pop. He wasn’t sure if it was a flat tire or something more serious so he made the decision to drive into the ditch. The truck scraped along the side of the road and left a 300-foot scar.

Finn said only 18 people lost power when the telephone pole was damaged. No injuries have been reported and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Various crews responded immediately. They pulled the truck out of the ditch, towed it away, removed the old pole and replaced it with a new one. Finn said they expect to have everything cleaned up by 4:30 p.m. today.

Additional information will be published in the April 16 print edition of the Post-Record.