No one injured in Big Island power line accident

Courtesy: Dustin Hesse
Courtesy: Dustin Hesse
Courtesy: Dustin Hesse
Courtesy: Dustin Hesse

HAMAKUA COAST (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state worker accidentally entangled a high voltage power line running into a subdivision near the 16 mile marker on Hawaii Belt Road on Tuesday.

A nearby jogger witnessed the incident and flagged down the mower operator. The operator then called 911.

The operator and jogger fled to safety as the live wire began shortening.

The power line, which spans across Highway 19, ignited cane grass and foliage beneath it as it fell and swung back toward the mountainside of the highway.

Highway 19 was shut down upon arrival of fire crews. They arrived on scene 15 minutes after the initial call.

The flames were extinguished approximately 20 minutes after crews arrived.

No injuries were reported.

Helco soon restored power in surrounding neighborhoods.

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