Dump truck tries to drive through downtown alley, electrical wires get in way

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A dump truck driving down a downtown alleyway appeared to clip electrical wires Tuesday afternoon, leaving a live wire dangling dangerously close to bystanders.

Bylaw officers blocked off the alley, beside the downtown Liquor Store and behind the joint sobering centre and day shelter, around 2:45 p.m.

One wire appeared to have caught on to the large truck. Another severed live wire swayed in the wind as officers steered people away from the area.

Due to the apparent danger, the truck driver stayed in his vehicle until members of the Yellowknife Fire Division (YKFD) arrived at the scene.

Guided by YKFD members, the driver eventually hopped out of the truck.

More to come.

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As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.

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