The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 31, 2012

UPDATE: Garriott is now open to through traffic

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID — Garriott has been opened to through traffic after a truck snagged lines Monday in an accident that resulted in hours of attempted repairs.

Crews ended work Monday night and took back up the effort Tuesday morning. The arterial street was closed intermittenly during that time.

About 950 OG&E Electric Services customers lost electricity for about an hour Monday after a truck carrying an oversized load eastbound on Garriott snagged an overhead fiber-optic cable attached to electric poles, breaking three poles, bringing down major feeder lines and shattering the windshield of an escort vehicle trailing the semitrailer.

Traffic was detoured to avoid the intersection of 7th and Garriott while the lines were removed from the roadway, then detoured again Monday evening as lines were re-strung.

OG&E employees rerouted electricity in about an hour and got all but one customer — St. Stephen AME Church — back online, spokesman John Little said.

The broken fiber-optic cable, owned by Suddenlink, put “fewer than 300 customers” out of service, said Gene Regan, director of corporate communications for Suddenlink.

The item that snagged the fiber-optic cable as it passed underneath was a substructure for an oil derrick, Enid Police Department Sgt. Quent Tubbs said.

Eastbound truck traffic on Garriott was diverted north on Van Buren to Willow, then south again on 30th back to Garriott.

Westbound truck traffic had to exit Garriott at 30th, go north to Willow, then turn south again at Van Buren.

Eastbound car traffic was diverted north on Grand, east on Maine to 10th and south back to Garriott. Westbound car traffic was directed north on 10th, then west on Maine to Grand, then south on Grand to Garriott.

Tubbs said the semitrailer, a 2013 Kenworth, was driven by John Lewis, 67, of Woodward.