Two hurt in power line downing

Two women received non-life threatening injuries the morning of Aug. 10 whey were caught in downed power lines following an accident involving a dump truck in Forest Lake.

According to the Forest Lake Fire Department, shortly before 6 a.m., a dump truck was driving in the 500 block of 15th Avenue Southwest (just south of Innovative Health Systems) when the truck’s raised box bed got tangled in a power line (the driver had raised the bed to drain it of water and forgot to put it down). The tangling led to two power poles getting knocked over, and the downed lines fell on two women who were walking in the area, knocking one of them into the street.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and recovered both women, who were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The circumstances leading up to the accident are currently uncertain.

Power in that area of Forest Lake is expected to be out for the remainder of the day, according to the Fire Department.