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Forklift knocks down 13 power poles in south Las Vegas

Updated August 10, 2018 - 9:37 pm

Las Vegas police and NV Energy are investigating an incident in which a forklift knocked down 13 power poles in the south Las Vegas Valley on Friday.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received reports of a vehicle accident and downed power lines around 11:45 a.m. near Polaris Avenue and Post Road, north of Sunset Road, said spokesperson Laura Meltzer.

When crews arrived at the scene they discovered that a forklift had knocked the poles over, Jennifer Schuricht, a spokeswoman for NV Energy, said in an email.

Some power lines were reported to be live and blocking Polaris Avenue, Meltzer said.

“I would just advise folks to avoid the area,” she said.

Eastbound Sunset Road remained closed from South Valley View Boulevard to South Las Vegas Boulevard at midafternoon, according the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. Westbound Sunset remained open.

NV Energy’s website said 327 customers were without power at 3:30 p.m as a result of the incident.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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