Semi strikes pole

Press staff report

May 2, 2014

Traffic was backed up in London Friday after a semi-truck drove into a utility pole at the intersection of Lafayette and Elm streets, knocking the pole into the street.

The truck was turning left onto Elm Street from Lafayette Street about 10 a.m. when it hit the pole, which came down on the truck and another car stopped at the intersection, said Chief Todd Eades of the London Fire Department.

No one was injured. Ohio Edison was dispatched to the scene for clean-up.

The driver, Roger Hostetler of Plain City, was cited with failure to control and having an unsecured load, according to London Police Chief Dave Wiseman.

“He wasn’t paying attention and got too tight on the turn,” Wiseman said.

The fire department on Friday also responded to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 16 S. Union St., on a report of smoke in the basement. Upon arrival, firefighters conducted a search of the entire building with a thermal camera and were unable to identify any hot spots, Eades said.

Eades said his department is attributing the smoke to a cigarette butt in a newly-mulched area outside the building.