MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Forest Lake police say two women are in the hospital after a dump truck knocked down power lines Thursday morning.
According to police, the incident was reported at 5:50 a.m. on the 600 block of 15th Street Southwest. There, police say a dump truck had its bed extended while driving and hit a power line that was hanging over the road, pulling the line down.
“A driver of dump truck had extended his truck into the air to drain out water from the rain the night before. He exited truck for a short time and got back into it and left parking lot with that still extended into the air,” said Sgt. Mark Richert of the Forest Lake Police Department.
Two women who were walking to work were struck by the power line. One woman was dragged into the road while the other woman was knocked face down on the sidewalk.
“What it appears is they were walking southbound on the sidewalk and the power lines came towards them. It appears one was struck in face and chest and drug out into the street. The other victim was located facedown so it appears the impact was in front of them,” Sgt. Richert said.
Police believe the women didn’t receive and electrical shock because the truck severed the electrical lines.
Police believe they suffered non-life threatening injuries, one is in stable condition, the other’s condition is unknown. Both victims were taken to a St. Paul hospital.
The driver of the truck received a citation.