A pickup truck flipped over and hit a utility pole leaving more than 1500 people without electricity. The early Wednesday morning crash also caused a gas line to rupture, fueling flames that firefighters are still trying to extinguish.
The unfortunate occurrence took place on Dickinson Avenue near 32nd Street around 1:30 a.m. Reports from witnesses indicate that the driver of a 2003 Dodge truck was going eastbound on Dickinson Avenue when the person lost control of the vehicle. The truck flipped and rolled into the power pole, cutting the gas line in the process.
According to Dickinson police, the fire crews didn't see anybody inside the truck once they arrived on the scene but plan to check again once the flames are eliminated.
"The best thing we can do right now is allow it to burn until Centerpoint Energy can get the line pinched off and get the gas shut off," Dickinson Police Department spokesman Tim Cromie said.
The outage map from Texas-New Mexico Power estimates electricity will be restored to the area by 9 a.m. There are also reports indicating that Dickinson Avenue is closed until further notice.