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Hundreds in the dark after dump truck hits power line

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The driver of an 18-wheeler is in the hospital, and hundreds are in the dark after quite a mishap.

"Well, we were inside and we were getting things ready for this evening and we just heard a loud boom," says Melissa Varner, who witnessed the accident from inside the American Legion on the I-55 Frontage Road in Jackson.

We're told a dump truck on the Frontage Road near Savannah Street caused the problem. Witnesses say it raised its bed too high, knocking down a power cable. Entergy officials say five power poles were either knocked down or broken, and two transformers were knocked out as well. Entergy officials tell us 500 customers were without power.

The American Legion had to cancel its activities Saturday evening.

"You're talking about 150 people that play bingo, and then after the band starts, you got probably 150-175 people in there dancing," says RV Martin, who witnessed the accident and works at the American Legion.

"That's where we get most of our revenue. So tonight, because of the power being out, we had to turn out veterans and people that like to play bingo. We had to turn them away," says Varner.

Witnesses say the driver of the 18-wheeler that got caught in the wires was injured.

"He came out, he said the cab of the truck had come down and hit him in the head and they had called an ambulance for him."

Entergy officials say they're working to restore power.  They hope to have it back on within a few hours.

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