Dump truck leaves its mark – repeatedly – on Quebec City street

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The driver of a snow removal dump truck who neglected to lower the box on his vehicle carved a path of destruction on a Quebec City street Wednesday afternoon, striking a hydro pole, getting tangled in its wires and then pulling down seven more hydro poles and damaging 20 vehicles parked along his route.

City officials said no one was injured in the incident, which occurred near a snow dump site on Godin Ave. in the city’s Vanier district at about 3:30 p.m.

Traffic in the area was blocked for three hours as firefighters and police dealt with the mess. The driver of the 10-wheel truck stayed in his vehicle as a precaution until electricity to the area was cut by Hydro-Québec.

Workers were also trapped in their offices after some of the fallen wires landed on the ground or roofs of their workplaces.

Police are investigating whether the driver was impaired, distracted or simply forgot to lower the box of his truck.