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Replacement power pole should be up by about 2pm

A over-sized truck carrying a front-end loader hit a power pole on Alice St in Maryborough.
A over-sized truck carrying a front-end loader hit a power pole on Alice St in Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

UPDATE: A wooden power pole, which is temporarily replacing a concrete pole hit by a truck in Maryborough, should be in place about 2pm.

Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Rod Rehbein said workers would then start moving the power lines across to the new pole.

"So that'll be into the early evening probably before the network is back to its normal configuration," he said.

"Obviously after that we start working on, in a few days, getting the new concrete pole and redo the moving of the wires."

EARLIER UPDATE: A crane is supporting a 66,000-volt concrete power pole on Maryborough's Alice St after it was hit by a truck carrying a front-end loader on Monday afternoon.

A police media spokesman said Alice St between Ferry and Tooley Sts remained closed while Ergon was working to replace the pole.

It's believed Hungry Jacks was temporarily evacuated on Monday after the crash.

Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Rod Rehbein said a structural engineer assessed the situation on Monday and decided there no immediate risk while the truck remained in place.

He said a crane was brought to the scene to support the pole and was in place after 8pm on Monday.

Mr Rehbein said some customers lost power after the crash but no one was without power on Tuesday morning.

EARLIER: An over-sized truck hit a power pole at the Alice St and Ferry St intersection in Maryborough on Monday, causing traffic to be diverted.

Police said the truck carrying heavy machinery hit the pole, causing nearby roads to be closed about 4.45pm.

Close by, two cars collided on the corner of Albert and Fort Sts about 5.30pm, with one car landing on its side.

Two-vehicle crash

Emergency crews at the scene of a crash involving two vehicles on the corner of Fort and Albert Sts in Maryborough.
Emergency crews at the scene of a crash involving two vehicles on the corner of Fort and Albert Sts in Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

Topics:  crash, maryborough, power pole, truck, vehicles



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