Pole crash

Oncor Energy crews work Friday to replace three utility poles pulled down by a sanitation truck.

Friday’s mishap between a Gainesville city sanitation truck and a power line at North Central Texas College (NCTC) left the campus without electricity for several hours.

City officials said the truck snagged a dangling line at around 6 a.m. while traveling through NCTC property to service one of its dumpsters.

The collision dragged down three electric poles — yielding no injuries, but forcing NCTC officials to cancel all Friday classes.

Gainesville Solid Waste Supervisor Polly Boone said electricity was still out Friday afternoon, and that she was uncertain what damage was done to the campus telephone system.

“I’m still trying to gather all the details,” Boone said.

NCTC President Eddie Hadlock said the outage killed power everywhere on campus except its information technology department, which has its own generator.

Classes, however, were impossible.

“We didn’t have any choice,” Hadlock said about the cancellations, adding that the outage meant the closing couldn’t be announced via the campus marquee. “We encourage our students to sign up for our Lion Alert for emergency notifications. When we close, text messages are sent to them.”

Hadlock said the Lion Alert actually sent students two text messages, since it appeared at first that the outage wasn’t serious.

“We just thought we’d have a delayed start, but when Oncor Energy got there, they said it would have to be off all day, so that the work could be performed,” he said.

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