MOUNT VERNON — A busy traffic artery was closed for several hours on Thursday, creating a headache for motorists throughout the downtown.
At 10:33 a.m. a semi truck, driven by Anthony Simpson, 48, Baltimore, Maryland, was southbound on Sandusky Street. Traveling through a parking lot, the semi went behind the house at 104 Sandusky Street, snagging utility lines. As the truck continued forward it snapped two poles and pulled down another utility pole on Sugar Street. It left one of the poles splintered and standing upright in the southbound lane, and another pole snapped and fell onto the porch of the Sandusky Street home.
Mount Vernon Police closed Sandusky Street between Chestnut and Sugar streets until AEP could arrive. The closure expanded to Burgess Street.
Simpson was uninjured and cited for a thru-truck violation.
The detour for truck traffic was Ohio 95 to Ohio 314 south to Ohio 229. Northbound traffic was reopened around 2 p.m. and the road was re-opened at 3 p.m.