Truck crash causes power outages

September 1, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
A tractor-trailer plowed into a restaurant and knocked out the power for about 2,000 residents and two elementary schools in the area.

Due to the power outage, both Youngsville Elementary and Royal Elementary schoos in Franklin County are released students early, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday due to the power outage.

A Dollar General tractor-trailor truck slammed into the Johnson Farmer's Market restaurant in Franklin County Tuesday morning. On its way into the restaurant, the tractor-trailor knocked-out two power poles which is what caused the schools to lose power.

Witnesses described hearing what sounded like a tornado or an explosion.

"We were in the kitchen and we heard a big boom sounded like a tornado," Carol Young, a Johnson's Farmer's Market Restaurant employee, said. "You turn around and everything is blowing, it's something like you never heard before."

Six employees were inside the kitchen around 8 a.m., when the crash happened.

Young had just gone to the back of the restaurant to make a call.

"It was just God's' will that no one was in there everybody was lucky," Young said.