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Rig snags power wires at ASU

ALBANY, Ga. — A tractor-trailer driver headed south on Radium Springs Road turned right onto North University Drive, snagged power lines and cut power to Albany State University.

Utility crews were on the scene just after the 3 p.m. Tuesday accident that snapped a power pole, pulling it over. No one was reported injured.

Frances Quaglietta, 55, drove the truck, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. There will be no tickets issued because the accident was on private property, she added.

“The driver stayed in the truck cab and waited for emergency crews to arrive,” Banks said. “He thought the wires might be live and dangerous on his truck.”

The power was lost to several buildings, officials said Tuesday afternoon. They expected the power to be repaired fairly quickly.

“The power was lost in the student center, (residence) hall three and four, a classroom building and others,” said James Oliver, ASU director of facility management. “The crews are getting our power up. I think some of it in 30 or 40 minutes.”

Albany State Police Department officers handled traffic at the intersection while the truck was freed from the downed wires. Albany Fire Department firefighters stood by in case they were needed.

Albany police also directed traffic at the intersection of Oglethorpe Boulevard and Radium Springs Road as the traffic light was out. The light was back on by 3:35 p.m.