“Sometimes they pull down lines and they’re just telephone or cable,” explains Chief Fred Burrows, “but these were power and they were arcing so the driver was advised to remain in the truck until Hydro came and shut the power off at the scene.”
In a situation like that, the fire department works to make sure no one gets electrocuted touching the exterior of the vehicle. When the metal comes in contact with the power lines, it’s possible the truck may become energized, so it’s safer for the driver to remain inside and not try and jump clear.
B.C. Hydro was able to shut off the power and release the lines from the truck, although it’s unclear whether they were damaged. Luckily, the driver escaped without injury.