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Wreck causes Red Oak power loss

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The Ellis County Press

RED OAK - About 2,300 customers' electricity service was temporarily interrupted Wednesday, Aug. 20 about 11 a.m. after an electric pole was damaged in a one-car wreck in the 300 block of Methodist Road, ONCOR Town Manager Manuel Flores said.

ONCOR is a subsidiary company of TXU.

Methodist Road was shut down until service crews could repair the downed power lines.

Red Oak postal carrier Leroy Hobbs, 50, rolled his vehicle after striking a guide wire while headed southbound on Methodist Road, causing the pole to break in two places and splinter four feet below the cross members, Red Oak Police Department Lt. Stephen Anderson said.

Guide wires are metal devices used to brace the pole to the ground.

To keep electrical lines from touching the ground or poles and short-circuiting, they are placed on a cross members, TXU Corporation Spokesman Ray Granado said.

Firefighters were called to the scene after Hobb's vehicle caught fire engulfing the vehicle, due to the downed electrical wires.

'He had just started his route with a full tank of gas and a full load of mail,' Anderson said.

Red Oak Officer Josh Newman said the bottom half of the pole fell toward the vehicle without striking it.

Service crews from the TXU / ONCOR service center in DeSoto responded to the scene restoring power to about 95 percent of customers by 12:30 p.m., ONCOR Town Manager Manuel Flores said.

All consumers had service restored completely by 11 p.m., he said.

Anderson said Hobbs, a Kerns resident was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie for cuts and bruises.

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