Truck hits pole, leaves Geneseo businesses without power

Beth Welbers
Geneseo Republic
A garbage truck backing down an alley struck and downed a transformer pole, leaving an area of downtown Geneseo out of power.

On Tuesday January 11, 2022, at approximately 09:23 a.m. a solid waste truck operated by Eagle Enterprises Recycling was collecting garbage in the area of a municipal alley on the West side of the 100 block of S. State Street. The driver of this vehicle began backing down the alley when it struck a City of Geneseo Municipal Utilities pole. The impact of this vehicle caused the utility pole to break. The breaking of the pole caused the tension on the utility wires to break additional poles in this alley. Two of the poles fell onto nearby buildings and into the alleyway.

Power to nearby businesses and residences was disrupted for a about 60 minutes until the Geneseo Municipal Utilities could confine the outage to the west side of the 100 block of S. State and the east side of the 100 block of S. Center Street. Currently power continues to be out in this area.

Due to the substantial damage to the electrical, phone and cable assets in this area, utilities in this area were expected to be restored Wednesday.

There were no injuries, however several businesses were affected due to this outage causing them to close and displaced their workers for the duration of the outage.

The driver of the vehicle will be cited for improper backing of a motor vehicle.