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Logging Truck Takes Down Fall Creek Area Power, Phone, and Fiberoptic Lines

Leave it to a Halloween-day mishap to scare the dickens out of Deb Burfield.

She was chatting with her neighbor Monday morning before his upcoming bowhunting trip.

"We heard snapping and stuff and he happened to glance out the window and said 'Oh my gosh...My truck is on fire!"

Though that was an illusion, the lines that once stretched across South Liberty Street were down and shooting sparks.

"We've had lines down, but not this many lines," Fall Creek Firefighter Robert Jenkins said.

"When that happened, we had about 680 customers in Fall Creek that lost power," said Chris Ouelette of Xcel Energy.

Officers would later learn it was caused by a logging truck that had headed east from the Eau Claire area around 11 in the morning.

Somewhere between Markgraff and Schultz Road, the boom on the truck went up and started clipping the lines across Highway 12. It didn't stop till it was all the way through Fall Creek, and Sheriff's Deputies say the driver didn't even realize what was going on.

"It just blows my mind. When you drive big equipment like that, you should be aware of what's going on around you," Deb said.

She's a school bus driver. She should know.

"I seen it go down the highway. By then the sparks were flying and it was like a big fireball."

The kind of orange light-up display nobody wants to see on Halloween, or any other day.


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