PORT ANGELES — State Patrol troopers are searching for a logging truck with a log sticking straight up that they believe to have knocked down power lines at Laird’s Corner, blocking traffic and cutting power to an estimated 508 Clallam County Public Utility District customers.
According to Clallam PUD’s website at 8:35 a.m., power was knocked out to an estimated 580 accounts west of Port Angeles between Fairchild International Airport and Lake Crescent.
Trooper Katherine Weatherwax, State Patrol spokesperson, wrote in a Wednesday morning email that the log truck was traveling eastbound on U.S. 101 and that there was no other damage besides to the power lines.
Clallam PUD arrived on the scene and began alternating traffic to repair the lines, which was expected to last until about 3 p.m.
An update at 10:45 a.m. said: “Crews will be able to restore power to some customers but everyone west of Highway 112 will be without power for a few hours while the pole is replaced. Highway 101 at Wildcat Lane is down to one lane of traffic. Highway 112 is unobstructed.”
Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at brian.gawley@sound publishing.com.