Storm downs power lines in Soulard

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Some scary moments for the driver of a GMC pickup truck rolling through Soulard Tuesday afternoon.  Gregory Dixson says storm damage sent power lines on top of his vehicle while he was driving.

The lines and a power pole snapped after winds estimated at 40 – 50 miles per hour grabbed hold of a tarp covering scaffolding.

“It pulled it like a sail and pulled it down,” said Dixson.  He first noticed a bucket on top of the scaffolding falling, and then the rest of the structure fell.

“I stopped and put my truck in reverse real fast because I saw it falling down,” said Dixson.

After he stopped, the power lines fell and sparks started to fly.  He described hearing one spark and then feeling an explosion.

“You felt the heat in the truck, everything.  That’s when it knocked the window out and I was like I got to get out of there.”

The sparks were visible from across the street.

“It was very scary,” said Bobby Weldon.  He said the owner of the building with the scaffolding had gone inside moments before the scaffolding collapsed.   The building is being rehabbed.

“I’m just glad that I’m safe,” said Dixson.  “That’s all that matters.”​

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