Snowplow driver severs power line, is freed from cab

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COYLE — A Jefferson County snowplow drove off the road and severed a power line Wednesday morning while clearing roads on the Coyle Peninsula, creating an electrical hazard that confined the driver to his truck for about an hour.

The Quilcene Fire Department received a call about the mishap at Milepost 3 on Coyle Road at 11:39 a.m., said Firefighter/EMT Kevin Winn, one of those dispatched to the scene.

The driver stayed in the truck until 12:34 p.m., when Puget Sound Energy crews arrived to cut the wire and allow him to leave the snowplow.

The driver was not identified.

While he was confined to the truck, he communicated by radio to a member of the county Public Works staff who was sitting next to firefighters, Winn said.

The communication between firefighters, PSE, Public Works and the driver was accomplished through a relay between different radio systems, Winn said.

After the driver was freed, he continued on his plow route, Winn said.

The Quilcene Fire Department was the only emergency responder on the scene, Winn said.

Last modified: December 19. 2012 5:52PM
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