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Forum staff reports , Published August 26 2013

VIDEO: 2 injured after electric company truck hits 3 vehicles in Fargo

FARGO – Two men were transported to the hospital Monday morning after a truck ran off Main Avenue near 44th Street, according to police.

A westbound Moorhead Electric Inc. vehicle veered off Main Avenue just before 9 a.m. near True North Steel, hitting a fence, an electrical pole and three vehicles, said Fargo Police Sgt. Mark Lykken.

The truck ran over a vehicle occupied by an employee of the Fargo Tank Co., who was sitting in his vehicle during break. The man was able to pull himself out of the vehicle through the sunroof. He and the driver of the MEI truck were transported to the hospital. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Lykken said.

Eight parked vehicles were damaged or destroyed in the accident and Xcel Energy needed to replace a pole, which caused a temporary power outage in the area, according to a release from the Fargo Fire Department.

Westbound traffic was rerouted from Main Avenue near 43½ Street as the electrical company repaired the live power lines. The lines were fixed and power was restored to the area by about 1 p.m., said Fire Battalion Chief Dane Carley.

Lykken said police do not know why the MEI vehicle veered off the road and the accident is under investigation.

Several drivers passing by the accident were seen taking pictures with their phones and the distracted driving caused a second accident to occur, Carley said. He said no one was taken to the hospital because of that second incident.