18-wheeler in 3-vehicle wreck downs power poles

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About 100 people were left without power late Wednesday after an 18-wheeler involved in a chain-reaction three-vehicle accident struck three to four energy poles, Baton Rouge Police and Entergy representatives said.

The 18-wheeler, traveling southbound in the right lane in the 1300 block of Plank Road, was hit by a Ford F250 pickup, knocking the tractor-trailer rig into the poles, police Cpl. Don Coppola said.

The pickup deflected off the 18-wheeler struck a park car in a Shell Gas Station Parking lot, Coppola added.

There were no life-threatening injuries, but one driver was taken to the hospital, Coppola said, adding it was unclear from overnight reports which driver that was.

Entergy was called out to make repairs, he said.

Will Johnson, customer service representative for Entergy, said the repair work was finished and power restored at 9:37 a.m. Thursday. “We had to wait until we got the proper trucks to move the trailer. We had to get the poles removed and we had to install them again.”

During the work this morning, some lanes on Interstate 110 and the exit ramp at North 22nd Street were blocked while crews made repairs, Coppola said.