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Truck Fire Briefly Shuts Down Section of Jefferson Boulevard

A section east of Jefferson Boulevard lost power briefly this morning after a truck struck a telephone pole and caught fire. The road is clear and power to most people has been restored.
A section east of Jefferson Boulevard lost power briefly this morning after a truck struck a telephone pole and caught fire. The road is clear and power to most people has been restored.

Warwick, RI – A private trash truck powered  by natural gas struck a telephone pole on Jefferson Boulevard early this morning, dropping power lines onto the vehicle that set off its fuel in a minor explosion.

The crash knocked out power to about 3,000 National Grid customers east of Jefferson Boulevard, and shut down a section of the street as firefighters put out the fire and cleared the scene at about 4:45 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Cooley.

The driver was able to get out of the truck without injury, Cooley said.

As firefighters worked to put out the fire and clear the road, three blocks of Jefferson Boulevard north from Rte. 37 were shut down.

The section of street was re-opened within about an hour, Cooley said. He said most of the residents who lost power due to the crash had it restored by 9 a.m.

According to the National Grid Power Outage Map, less than five residents were without power as of 9:30 a.m.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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