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Power restored after boom takes out lines in Brookston

A railroad maintenance truck with its boom extended took out power lines and other poles unrelated to the power company in Brookston on Friday. "They were doing some work in the area with a boom truck and, somehow, our line was snagged," said Min...

A railroad maintenance truck with its boom extended took out power lines and other poles unrelated to the power company in Brookston on Friday.

“They were doing some work in the area with a boom truck and, somehow, our line was snagged,” said Minnesota Power spokeswoman Amy Rutledge, who explained that about 300 feet of line needed to be restrung after the mid-morning incident near McCamus Road and St. Louis County Road 31. Power was restored by 1:30 p.m.

Rutledge said that one telephone pole and another private customer pole were also impacted when a BNSF Railway crew pulled away with the boom extended.

BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said the railway apologizes for the inconvenience.

The boom truck was being used to load rail before the boom was left up and hit the power lines, she said, and BNSF will investigate the incident.

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