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Overloaded trailers pull down overhead wires, poles

THREE flat trailers loaded with overly high cargoes pulled down two electricity poles, a traffic light pole and overhead trolley wires in downtown Huangpu District early yesterday, causing severe damage to public property. There were no casualties.

The drivers, who were caught, will face fines for violating the height limit of cargo but no criminal punishment will be imposed, police said.

The accident happened around 5am yesterday when the cargo piled up on the trailers got tangled with overhead wires for trolley buses on Henan Road S. near Jinling Road E.

Police said the three flat trailers were loaded with tower cranes which were more than four meters high and violated the height limit. The vehicles kept moving and pulled down the wires, two electricity poles and a traffic light pole.

Police cordoned off the nearby road and eight public transport bus lines were forced to change their routes during the rush morning hour, causing severe traffic congestion. The traffic flow was restored by 10:30am.

Power officials said the wires that were pulled were for trolley buses and the accident did not affect local households.

Although drivers are ordered to alert the power authority if their truck load is higher than 4 meters, some drivers simply ignore the rules.

This was the second time that large vehicles had damaged power poles in the past two days. On Wednesday, a rushing truck pulled down seven electricity poles in the Pudong New Area, causing blackout in thousands of households.


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