LIVE OAK — An accident Monday afternoon involving a boom truck left thousands without power in the City of Live Oak.

According to Will Starling, safety and training officer with the Live Oak Fire Department, an employee with a roofing company performing work in downtown Live Oak attempted to move the truck when the crane hit a power line.

Nobody was injured in the accident.

Nearly 2,200 Florida Power and Light customers in Live Oak were affected. Power was restored to all but a few of the buildings in the immediate area along Pine Ave. by late Monday afternoon. Later Monday evening, FPL showed no outages in Suwannee County.

“We’re pleased and happy that nobody was injured, but as always we can see where things weren’t done in the best manner possible,” Starling said. “Take the proper steps to make sure that doesn’t happen because that easily could have been fatal for not just one but for multiple individuals.”

Starling said the line was one of the main feeders for the city.

Linemen from Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative were on scene to assist LOFD until FPL crews arrived.

The accident occurred as work is ongoing on the Mizell Building, a county-owned property that is being renovated in downtown Live Oak across from the Suwannee County Jail and next door to the State Attorney’s Office.

With the jail and numerous county offices in the vicinity, Starling reiterated the incident could have been far worse.

“That’s a large number of individuals that could have been negatively affected in a way that could have cost lives,” Starling said about the number of people in the area during weekdays. “We just encourage people that when they are doing things like that to to have safe practices and do things that are safest for them and the community around them.”


Boom truck accident leads to downtown power outage

LIVE OAK, Fla. — An accident Monday afternoon involving a boom truck has thousands without power in the City of Live Oak.

According to Will Starling, safety and training officer with the Live Oak Fire Department, an employee with a roofing company performing work in downtown Live Oak attempted to move the truck when the crane hit a power line.

Starling said the line was one of the main feeders for the city.

According to Florida Power and Light, nearly 2,200 customers in Live Oak are affected and power isn’t expected to be restored until 4:30 p.m.

Nobody was injured in the accident.

Linemen from Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative were on scene to assist LOFD until FPL was able to arrive.

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