Telus cable falls into traffic on Highway 97

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WEST KELOWNA – The sound of screeching metal as a downed communications cable tore into an SUV and scrapped along the roof of an Audi sedan, both travelling on Highway 97 just north of Hudson Road Saturday night.

At around 10 p.m., RCMP say the Telus cable fell, ripping into the Hyundai Santa Fe between radiator and the hood, trapping the vehicle in the middle of the highway.

On the other side of the road, the cable scrapped across the hood and the roof of an Audi sedan. Two other vehicles narrowly missed hitting the cable, one passed underneath and the other managed to drive over it.

No one was hurt, but RCMP figure damage to the Santa Fe and the Audi is in excess of $10,000 each.

The highway was closed for about an hour as a B.C. Hydro crew worked to cut the cable and clear it off the road.

Shawn Hall with Telus believes a construction vehicle driving on Highway 97 with a boom up pulled their cable off the poles.

He says the repair work should be finished and service restored to about 100 customers by Sunday evening.

“The damage is extensive,” Hall says. “The cable had to be cut and several brackets on the poles were damaged.”

He says they are working with police to find out who pulled the cable down.

When asked who will paying for the damage to the vehicles, Hall says that’s something else Telus will be looking at, adding getting service restored to their customers is the priority.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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