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Updated: 07/25/2014 08:00:03AM

Crane topples into power lines

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About 20,000 Port Charlotte area residents lost power after a crane toppled onto some powerlines around 1:30 p.m. July 25, between Conway and Harbor boulevards.

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Charlotte County Fire/EMS Battalion Chief Jon Miller discusses the situation with some construction workers Thursday afternoon.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

U.S. 41 southbound was shut down temporarily twice for safety, and northbound traffic was slowed.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
About 20,000 Port Charlotte area residents lost power after a crane toppled onto some powerlines around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, between Conway and Harbor boulevards.

By ADAM KREGER

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PORT CHARLOTTE — About 20,000 residents and businesses lost power Thursday afternoon when a crane toppled over onto some power lines.

The incident happened in a construction zone for a county micro- tunneling project around 1:30 p.m., just off U.S. 41 southbound, between Conway and Harbor boulevards. It appeared the ground simply gave out under the crane, although authorities would have to conduct an investigation to confirm that, Charlotte County Fire/EMS spokeswoman Dee Hawkins-Garland said shortly after the incident.

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