A downed power line caused a stretch of West Seventh Street, including Montgomery Plaza and numerous restaurants, to go dark for several hours Wednesday night.
A primary power line in the area was hit at 4:18 p.m. causing a power outage that affected about 3,300 customers at its peak, Oncor spokesman Justin Ozuna said.
Fort Worth police said late Wednesday that a dump truck struck some power lines when the driver failed to lower the truck bed before leaving a construction site at West Fifth and Stayton streets.
“Witnesses report seeing the truck hit overhead power lines and the ensuing explosion as they snapped,” said Officer Natosha Tucker, a Fort Worth police spokeswoman. “The truck driver left the scene and there were no injuries or other vehicles involved as had been reported earlier.”
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Barcadia Bar & Grill and Max’s Wine Dive both appeared to have closed early, he said.
Five hundred customers were still without power at 7:30 p.m., Ozuna said, but crews hoped to have the power fully restored within the hour.
“We had one of our primary power lines knocked out,” he said.
Employees at the GCG Marketing firm at 2421 W. Seventh St. reported seeing bright flashes of light before the dump truck took off and the power went out.
Agency President Neil Foster said he saw three transformers consecutively burn out right when the dump truck took off.
“It was a huge explosion. It hurt my eyes to even look at it,” Foster said.
Target and other stores at Montgomery Plaza were without power for an hour and a half.
Tucker said the power outage lasted up to two hours in the area between West Seventh and University Drive, and White Settlement Road and Henderson Street.
“Additionally, intermittent power outages were observed across the area following the accident,” she said.
The outage is being investigated as a hit and run, she said.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792