Truck snags overhead line and pulls down three MEC poles

Published by The Bee News

September 4, 2019

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Fort Mohave, Ariz. – Mohave Electric Cooperative crews worked a long day on Wednesday to complete repairs at the scene where a truck caused an outage affecting approximately 111 members. The outage occurred when a semi-truck backed into a utility pole and then continued to move with an overhead line attached which broke three poles. There is additional damage to a number of member-owned service lines that feed individual homes and businesses. MEC became aware of the outage at about 10:00 a.m. and crews immediately responded.

The affected area is on the west side of Hwy 95 near Joy Lane. MEC crews made temporary repairs and restored power to 96 members at 12:39. Those locations with damaged member-owned service lines will remain without power until members can make repairs in order to reconnect. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Mojave Mesa Fire responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

“It’s unfortunate that some members remain out of power due to a preventable incident that damaged their service wires,” said Rick Campos, MEC’s chief operating officer.  “MEC has repaired the co-op’s equipment and we will do what we can to help the members after they have made their repairs. To reconnect, please call MEC at 928-763-1100, option 1, then option 5.

On Tuesday Mohave Electric Cooperative members in Mohave Valley from Hwy 95 and Lipan Boulevard south to Plantation Road, experienced a power outage at approximately 2:51 p.m. The outage was a result of the system’s self-protection equipment shutting power off to prevent equipment failure in the substation.

Power was restored to 3,879 members at 3:23 p.m. and the remaining 750 members had power restored at 3:51 p.m. when MEC crews rerouted power using circuit switching equipment. Crews will continue to monitor the substation to ensure equipment is functioning properly.

MEC reminds members that outage update information is provided by logging into MEC’s SmartHub, or visiting our website at, or by calling the outage number at (844) 632-2667

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