An overturned tanker truck on Arkansas 5 caused a loss of electrical power for many residents this morning.
A truck filled with gasoline overturned on the roadway and struck a utility pole. Because of safety concerns and damage to the pole, the electricity was shut off in the area, according to Benton Utilities.
The power reportedly is expected to be out for about five hours. Residents affected include those living on Kenwood Road west of Highway 5 South, some people living on McCurdy and all of Wellington Pointe subdivision.
Around 8:15 a.m. another tanker arrived to begin transferring fuel from the overturned truck, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton police spokesperson. The valves used to empty the overturned tanker were located on the side facing the pavement.
Because of the accident, Highway 5 South at Highway 35 near the Carpenter Street overpass was closed to traffic.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital but officers are not sure of the severity of his injuries or what company he works for, Russell said.