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Accident causes power outage

NORCROSS — A tanker truck that clipped a utility pole in Norcross on Friday morning caused a power outage to some nearby residents and tied up a busy road, officials said.

The truck was turning behind a shopping center about 10:20 a.m. when it struck the pole at the intersection of Lawrenceville Street and Buford Highway.

The pole was snapped in half, causing power lines to sink to dangerous heights. Power was cut-off to the immediate area, which includes a senior assisted living center, as repairs were being made, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

Rutledge said the center sheltered residents in place but planned to transport them to a second nearby facility if the need arose. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials turned the scene over to a power company. Norcross police blocked Lawrenceville Street until the pole was repaired and the road reopened, Rutledge said.