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Aug 3, 2012 3:41 PM

Sixth St. near Tucson High closed for several hours after crash

TUCSON - Sixth Street between First and Third Avenue will be closed for several hours while crews clear a spill and broken power pole caused by a crash this morning.

Tucson Police officers were dispatched to the intersection, near Tucson High School, at about 9:30 a.m., to find a commercial truck had slammed into a power pole with three transformers, causing it to fall on truck, breaking the transformers, and causing gallons of mineral oil to spill onto the roadway.

A small fire was ignited by the electrical lines - the driver had evacuated safely and a Tucson fire crew put the fire out, according to a TPD news release. It took 21 firefighters and eight units about an hour to get the scene under control.

A TEP supervisor confirmed the downed power lines only affected the Tucson High football stadium - no residential customers were involved.

The road remains closed for several hours, TPD officials state.

Image courtesy viewer Amber Nicewander

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