KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 16, 2007 – A routine trash pickup in Kissimmee Friday morning resulted in a power outage for more than a dozen commercial customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority.
A garbage truck emptying a dumpster in the alley behind the Kissimmee Korners shopping center (northeast corner of John Young Parkway and Highway 192) at 6:45 a.m. Friday snagged an overhead power line and pulled three large transformers to the ground. Each transformer weighed 1,160 pounds.
The accident resulted in a fireball that left all the businesses in the shopping center as well as a nearby laundromat without power. The garbage truck and its driver did not remain at the scene.
A hazmat team was called in by the utility to clean up the non-PCP mineral oil that leaked from one of the fallen transformers.
All affected businesses will be without power for most of the day as utility crews work to repair the extensive damage.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent