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Dump truck snags utility lines in South Burlington

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When Darrell Parrott made a joke before he left for work, he never thought it would actually come true.

"Sometimes when you go out the door you never know what's going to hit you-- I was just making a stupid joke about it," Parrott said.

Parrott was driving to work Tuesday afternoon on Spear Street in South Burlington when a utility pole came crashing down on the hood of his truck.

"If it hit the top of the truck I would have been pinned in there, so I'm thanking the good lord I'm alive," Parrott said.

Officials say a dump truck driver had left the back of the truck up, snagging live electrical wires as he continued driving down the road, putting tension on the pole still in the ground and causing it to snap.

"I saw the back hit the top of the wires and I saw the pole snap and it came down... it happened so quickly I was like, wow," Parrott said.

"It's crazy. The pole snapped in half and came down on the middle of his hood," Caitlin Moroney said.

Moroney was working inside and happened to look out the window when suddenly she lost power, and then saw the bizarre scene all play out-- a dump truck dragging live wires. She ran out to help.

"It was just wires and wood flying. It was an explosion; it was just crazy," Moroney said.

"It's not just the weight of things coming down, you have live electricity we're worried about," South Burlington Fire Capt. Craig Rounds said.

South Burlington firefighters say another car was damaged by the live wires, but luckily no one was hurt. The crash closed down a section of Spear Street near Overlook Park for hours.

"They have to put a whole new pole in and put everything back up," Rounds said.

"It's a busy road: traffic, runners, bikers. It's a lucky thing everyone made it out safe," Moroney said.

Parrott's truck was totaled in the wreck, but he gets to walk away alive and unhurt. A commute he will never forget.

"I'm just thanking God I'm OK," he said.

People in that area did lose power and officials say Comcast customers also lost service Tuesday afternoon all the way down to Montpelier because of the crash.

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