SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department is asking the public to stay away from the scene of an accident involving an 18-wheeler on the city’s Northeast Side.
San Antonio police said that the estimated damage to the power and communication lines is $1.5 million dollars.
The collision happened at Interstate Highway 35 North and Eisenhauer Road and involved an 18-wheeler. That big rig took down a TxDOT road sign and a utility pole.
Police said that as the truck was traveling at highway speed when it’s dump bed trailer hydraulics began to raise. The trailer bed hit overhead power and fiber optic lines that stretched across all lanes of the highway.
According to police, the impact caused the truck and trailer to overturn and break the overhead wires, which also impacted other vehicles. Additionally, the powerlines knocked down by the truck caused a grass fire and a fire on a nearby building.
Both the driver and the passenger in the 18-wheeler were transported to area hospitals according to police.
San Antonio police told KSAT that they expect to be in the area clearing the collision for the next few hours and are asking the public to find an alternate route around the accident.
🚨🚨TRAFFIC ALERT 🚨🚨Officers are currently working a major accident at IH 35 N and Eisenhauer effecting northbound traffic. All traffic is exiting at Eisenhauer. Please avoid the area and take an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/tX5TSennaB— San Antonio PD (@SATXPolice) March 30, 2021
CPS Energy said the downed utility pole had four circuits on it.
According to a post by the energy company on social media, the accident has affected six thousand power customers in the area.
RT: 🚨OUTAGE ALERT (1:45 PM)🚨— CPS Energy (@cpsenergy) March 30, 2021
We've received reports of an 18-wheeler rollover near I-35/Eisenhauer Rd. knocking out one of our poles with 4 circuits.
Currently, outages in the area are affecting 6k customers & crews are working to make repairs.
📲: https://t.co/NRBLRRjUtC pic.twitter.com/1i5npjXYTy
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