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Moama truck crash causes power outage

By Ivy Jensen

THE driver of a concrete truck that crashed into a power pole in Moama this morning was avoiding a car driven by a woman who pulled out in front of him.

"I avoided a disaster," the 61-year-old said.

"I saved her life."

The driver of more than 40 years was driving along Echuca St when a woman, believed to be in her 40s, failed to give way in Martin St and pulled out in front of him about 10.20am.

"I had to veer around her to avoid her," he said.

"If I hadn't have done that, she wouldn't be here today."

The woman was not injured.

The man, who was taken to Echuca hospital for observation and scans, said the intersection was notorious for accidents.

"Something needs to be done here before someone is killed," he said.

The power outage saw more than 2080 Moama customers without power for one hour, while hundreds of others had to wait most of the day for power to be restored.

Energy crews were able to isolate the damaged network to re-route power around the network to progressively restore 1731 customers by 11.22am.

A total of 358 customers remained without power and an estimated time of restoration was set for 6pm.

Police are investigating.

The outage was expected to cause significant problems for residents working and remote learning from home, as well as many businesses.

Essential Energy Murray operations manager Ian Armstrong said at the time network protection equipment was activated to isolate supply to 2089 customers in the area to ensure the safety of the electricity network and community.

"Crews are currently onsite, securing the safety of the site, and making repairs to the significantly damaged electricity network," he said.

" An estimated time of restoration has been set for 6pm this evening."

Mr Armstrong reminded the public to stay at least 8m away from damaged or fallen powerlines.

“Always treat powerlines as live and remember that anything in contact with them, such as cars, trees or fences, can conduct electricity and pose a danger,” he said.

"We encourage residents to immediately report fallen powerlines, network damage, fires or trees contacting powerlines to Essential Energy on 132 080 or call 000 if the situation is life threatening.”


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