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Refuse truck driven by West Olive man takes out power lines

Tribune Staff • Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 6:15 PM

ZEELAND TWP. — Police responded to a call about power lines down in the 8700 block of Adams Street in Zeeland Township at 2:53 p.m. Tuesday.

The caller advised authorities that a large, 10-axle refuse hauler, traveling east on Adams, contained a large tree and branches extending out of the truck’s dump and hit the power lines. That caused transformers to blow.

Power lines were taken out along several blocks of Adams Street, according to Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were able to locate and stop the refuse hauler on 24th Avenue, south of Adams Street. Austin reported that the truck — owned by Redline Excavation of Hamilton — was being driven by Taylor Hobby, 23, of West Olive.

The Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division is investigating the incident. Zeeland Township firefighters also responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Adams Street was closed between 84th and 24th avenues for some time while Consumers Energy repaired the power lines and transformers.

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