Accident scene

A pick-up truck struck a utility pole Thursday afternoon on North Height Street.

Electrical service went out in part of West Magnolia on Thursday after a pick-up truck splintered a utility pole on North Height Street.

The driver of the Chevrolet Avalanche, southbound on Height, failed to negotiate a sharp right-hand curve and struck the utility pole about 2:05 p.m.

The pole broke and arcing electrical lines fell into dry grass on the west side of Height Street. The grass caught fire along a ditch for a distance of about 200 feet.

Magnolia firefighters brought two trucks to put out the fire – one entering the scene from the north side and the other from the south side of Height.

The truck’s driver was not injured.

About 250 Entergy customers on North Height, North Vine, West Main, West Union, West North and West and East McNeil streets lost electrical service. Most of the service was restored by 3:40 p.m. except for a handful of customers in the immediate area of the accident.

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