Truck carrying oversized load takes down utility poles in Coventry


COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – A truck carrying an oversized load has taken down poles and wires on a Coventry road.

On their Facebook page, Coventry police announced that it happened on Harkney Hill Road between Zeke’s Bridge and Fish Hill Road. A truck carrying a large load apparently snagged several power lines and pulled poles down.

Coventry Police Colonel John MacDonald confirmed to Eyewitness News Saturday afternoon that “the truck was being operated by Bay Crane,” the same company involved in moving the big rig which was stopped on I-95 and stuck in the ocean state for weeks.

In a statement, MacDonald went on to say that this truck “was moving a modular home and this was unrelated to the well publicized generator move.”

I’m told by my officers that the driver deviated from the planned route and took a wrong turn. Like the generator move, the truck was supposed to go up Hill Farm Road but instead when up Harkney Hill Rd which had not been cleared by engineers.”

A call to RIDOT by Eyewitness News was not immediately returned Saturday.

Coventry police said they will be setting up “a long term detour” using Phillips Hill Road and Hill Farm Road and asked residents to use alternate routes.

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