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Truck boom mishap causes power outage in Appleton

APPLETON - Power in Appleton was out for several hours after a truck boom accidentally clipped a series of power lines Wednesday night. The Appleton Police Department was notified at around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday that a power line was down at the i...

APPLETON - Power in Appleton was out for several hours after a truck boom accidentally clipped a series of power lines Wednesday night.

The Appleton Police Department was notified at around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday that a power line was down at the intersection of Munsterman Street and Lhotka Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered a total of six power lines had come down.

A semi pulling a feed trailer apparently had its boom up and caught the power lines as it passed by. The driver of the 2000 Peterbilt Semi was identified as Carton Hogness, 31, of Fargo, N.D.

Crews with Otter Tail Power and Agralite Power had to be brought in to restore power to the town. The Appleton Fire Department, Swift County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol assisted.

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