Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Entergy’s Lance Beasley works to get the top half of a power pole off an 18-wheeler Monday morning in the intersection of Broadway and Madison streets.

266 customers lose power after downtown accident

Published 12:00am Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NATCHEZ — A collision of an 18-wheeler into a power pole left some residents and employees in the northern part of downtown in the dark Monday morning.

“(An 18-wheeler) was turning the corner, hit the pole and brought everything down,” Entergy Customer Service Manager Tim Runnels said.

As a result of the accident, 266 Entergy customers lining Madison Street from Broadway Street and east of Cathedral School lost power just before 8:30 a.m.

Natchez Police responded to the accident following a call to dispatch at 8:24 a.m.

The majority of customers — 260 — regained power just before 11 a.m., and the remaining customers got power back shortly after 4 p.m., Runnels said.

The Natchez Democrat’s Canal Street office, Cathedral School and radio stations WTYJ and First Natchez Radio Group were among those affected by the outage.

The driver, David Gossett Jr. with USA Trucking, was uninjured. He was making a delivery to Southwest Distributors when the truck hit the pole while turning on Broadway Street from Madison Street. The trailer clipped some wires and snapped a pole, NPD Detective Jerry Ford said.

One officer and one trainee officer responded to the scene.


  • Anonymous

    Notice the angle of the pole from the ground up, appears to have been leaning at a significant angle to begin with.

  • Anonymous

    Southwest Distributors knocked another power pole down recently also and have yet to repair some lines where they were attached to homes. To all customers, please check your lines where they attach to your home and file a claim now if they are loose or not attached. The power of a big 18 wheeler at impact makes all the lines shake and pull .

  • Anonymous

    Southwest Dist. Receives product from USA trucking, if the wires are below DOT regulation, the truck isn’t at fault.

  • Anonymous

    He probably saw the house to the left of the truck.  It was a case of “shock and awe”, and probably wrecked the truck. The house is something to behold.

  • Anonymous

    Look closely at the picture, the top corner of the trailer hit the leaning pole, not the wires it seems.

  • vilou09