No one hurt when power pole breaks in Sterling

Tim Barnum
A Consumers Energy worker reattaches a guide line to a standing power pole in order to raise a fallen streetlight.

STERLING — No injuries occurred when a power pole broke in Sterling May 29, causing a streetlight to fall to the ground.

Arenac County Sheriff James Mosciski said the incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. when a village employee was mowing with a tractor attached to a brush hog and bumped the pole, which was old and rotted.

“They hit the pole when they were cutting the grass,” he said. “The pole broke and it brought the line down that was holding the light up.”

The line that fell was on the east side of M-76, the road the streetlight illuminated, and not electrical, Mosciski said. He said the light was powered from a wire running from a pole on the west side of the road.

“Surprisingly, the light didn’t break,” Mosciski said.

Mosciski said traffic was diverted by police until the light was disconnected from the line and the street was clear of the wires. The Sterling Area Fire Department assisted at the scene until Consumers Energy arrives to reconnect the lines to power pole, Mosciski said.


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