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Truck strikes utility pole, causes HB-AM power outage

The driver of a pickup truck struck a utility pole at about 10 p.m. May 30, causing a power outage from 68th Street in Holmes Beach to Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Rich Jasinski/WMFR

The driver of a pickup truck struck a utility pole at about 10 p.m. May 30, causing a power outage from 68th Street in Holmes Beach to Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Rich Jasinski/WMFR

The West Manatee Fire District responded to a vehicle accident May 30 at about 10 p.m.

According to a WMFR press release, the fire department, Holmes Beach Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash, where firefighters found a pickup truck, which was determined to be traveling at a high rate of speed, had struck a concrete power pole in front of one of the T-end canals in the 6800 block of Marina Drive.

The accident caused the transformer and live wires to fall onto the vehicle and surrounding area. The driver, William Shawn Wilkes, 53, of Holmes Beach, was advised to remain in his vehicle until Florida Power and Light could disconnect the power.

FP&L advised the power line was a main line going north to the remainder of the island. Power throughout the line’s route was shut off for around one hour and the accident area remained without power for much of the night.

Wilkes, who said he was adjusting his iPod at the time of the crash, was transported to Blake Medical Center with minor injuries. He declined a blood test and charges are pending a capias report sent to the state attorney’s office.

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