Power Line Falls On School Bus; 2,200 Lose Power

December 6, 2018

A power line fell onto a school bus Thursday morning in Beulah in a sequence of events that left a couple thousand without power.

The Beulah Academy of Science bus was stopped on Beulah Road at Nine Mile Road when the power line fell shortly before 6:30. There were no students on the bus, and the driver was not injured. The bus did not collide with a utility pole.

Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers said there was a problem with a switch box for underground electric lines in the area. That caused an overhead neutral or ground wire to overheat, pull from a holder and fall on the bus.

“A breaker immediately locked out and de-energized the line,” Rogers said.

During the incident, a roadside switch box shorted, causing what bystanders said sounded like a huge explosion. The box (pictured below), showed visible signs of damage.

About 2,200 Gulf Power customers including Beulah Middle School lost power as a result. About 500 customers remained without power as of 11:30 a.m., and all were restored by about noon.

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3 Responses to “Power Line Falls On School Bus; 2,200 Lose Power”

  1. Angela on December 7th, 2018 10:55 am

    Thank you lord for no kids on the bus amen

  2. Ramona Holmes on December 7th, 2018 12:37 am

    It was way past noon when the power was restore at my house.

  3. GMH on December 6th, 2018 11:11 pm

    6:19 am. Fan shutting off woke me up. Only 10 min before normal so no big deal. When I got to 9 mile and saw the bus tangled up with power line, I knew what happened. Of all things to have to fall on, a school bus. Very scary.

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