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No injuries as downed utility lines close U.S.-23

News Photo by Julie Riddle

ALPENA — Downed cable lines closed U.S.-23 south of Walmsley Road this afternoon when a pickup truck towing a trailer of gravel jackknifed and veered off the road, smashing into a utility pole.

Nearby resident Ted Dziesinski, who witnessed the crash from his driveway, said he heard intermittently squealing brakes before the truck came into view, headed south on U.S.-23. The trailer was heaving violently back and forth, finally causing the truck to jackknife and then slide into a ditch, Dziesinski said.

The driver — cushioned by a deployed airbag — was unhurt when his truck crashed into the pole, shearing the pole in two and bringing down two sets of cable lines, according to Alpena Township Fire Chief David Robbins.

Shortly after the first crash, a second white truck, headed north, slowed in the roadway to avoid the downed cables and was rear-ended by the driver of a gold sedan. All impacted drivers and passengers were checked by medical personnel but declined further treatment, Robbins said.

The crash caused the temporary closure of U.S.-23 while utility personnel repaired the downed lines.

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