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Forklift operator takes out 13 power poles near Sunset & Polaris

Police and NV Energy are investigating the downing of about a dozen power poles reported late Friday morning.

Police and NV Energy are investigating the downing of more than a dozen power poles reported late Friday morning.

The incident was reported at 11:47 a.m.

NV Energy said the damage was caused by a forklift operator.

Danny Tinker owns a business along Polaris and Post. Tinker said, “The power shutoff we heard a loud noise bang! Bang! Bang! I looked out the door and I see them fall.”

Eduardo Quintero works at a furniture shop on Polaris. Quintero said, “The boss said we have to leave early. What can we do?”

Quintero says its not easy working in the dark.

“No power. It’s too hot inside. It’s like a 120-degrees inside.”

NV Energy tells us it could be two to three days before the power poles and electricity are back.

Nv Energy Andrea Smith said, “There are 13 poles that are split. There is a lot of work we have to do replacing poles replacing insulators that needs to be fixed.”

Police say luckily the forklift driver was not hurt. Miraculously, the driver of this truck made it out ok despite power lines falling on his cab. Tinker says for his business this is not good.

Tinker said, “I’m upset I can’t do my payroll. Can’t turn on the computer. I’m kind of screwed.”

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