MONROE — A truck carrying a dumpster caught on a power line on Monroe's west side Friday morning, pulling down the line and causing a power outage in the area, according to Chief of Police Fred Kelley.
As of 2 p.m., Alliant Energy was still working to repair the downed line and restore power. According to the company's website, about 40 customers lost power. Alliant estimated that power will be restored by 5 p.m.
The accident happened at about 11:15 a.m. on 17th Street just east of 4th Avenue West.
"We had a garbage vendor that had a big dumpster on the back (of the truck), and hadn't lowered it yet," Kelley said. The truck was traveling down the road when the raised dumpster caught on the line.
The line came down along with a power pole.
"The pole was sitting at a 45-degree angle, so other lines are hanging down, too," Kelley said Friday afternoon.
Power outages are "localized to that neighborhood," he said