LOCKPORT – A Carrier Coach bus with six clients, a driver and an aide aboard went off the road and into a ditch on the Lockport Bypass, between Hinman and Saunders Settlement roads just before 3:30 p.m. Monday. And an hour before that a number of City of Lockport residents were without power after a dump truck took down a utility pole.
All eight involved in the bus crash were checked at the scene by the South Lockport Volunteer Fire Department and no injuries were reported.
The bus driver reported mechanical problems with the steering wheel, according to Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti.
The other crash was reported after a dump truck hit a utility pole at 2:20 p.m. on Richfield Street at West Avenue.
According to Lockport Police Chief Lawrence Eggert, the driver had pulled into American Concrete to dump some stone and forgot to lower the box on his truck bed as he left. The raised bed got snagged on the power lines as he left, causing the bed to snap the utility pole and yank the live wires onto his truck, he said.
The driver was uninjured, but Eggert said the driver was trapped in his truck for about 15 minutes until crews from New York State Electric and Gas could be called to the scene to shut off the power.
“Some signal lights were out on West Avenue and some Richfield businesses were without power,” said Eggert, who added that the damage in the area was “pretty significant,” with wires pulled down from other utility poles on West Avenue connected to damaged lines at Richfield Street and West Avenue.
According to NYSEG, at one point more than 500 residences were without power, but it was unclear if these were all related to the crash. Most were restored by 4:30 p.m., with only about seven homes still without power in the City of Lockport at that time.
Eggert said the situation was still being investigated Monday afternoon.