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Truck crash cuts power to Indian Trail businesses

Workers look over semi-truck thstruck utility pole 4:30 this morning Indian Trail Pennsylvaniave. Power was lost residents business close by

Workers look over the semi-truck that struck a utility pole at 4:30 this morning at Indian Trail and Pennsylvania ave. Power was lost to residents and business close by but no injuries were reported. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:51AM

AURORA — A semi-truck crashed into a utility poll Thursday on Aurora’s West Side, cutting power and forcing some businesses to close.

Residents near the 300 block of West Indian Trail said they woke to bright flashes of light and loud crashing at about 4:30 a.m.

“It was actually pretty scary,” said Rob Cornell, a nearby resident. “We thought it was ... someone setting off big industrial-grade fireworks. We got up and looked outside and saw there was a semi in the parking lot across the way. A couple minutes later police showed.”

According to utility workers at the scene, the semi struck a utility pole holding a transformer behind a small strip mall that faces Indian Trail.

Sixteen customers were without power, ComEd said, and crews were still on the scene Thursday afternoon. Those customers include the small businesses in the strip mall and the Illinois Department of Human Services office at 361 W. Indian Trail, which serves residents throughout the southern part of Kane County.

The IDHS office, which administers food stamps and medical assistance programs, was still open for business Thursday. But without lights, the staff was limited to rescheduling appointments.

In the strip mall, All-Vac and Aurora Food Mart remained open, but only for cash transactions. Aurora Food Mart Manager Kadu Patel said he had hundreds of dollars worth of ice cream and milk that he was going to throw away.

“What can I do? I lose the money,” Patel said.

For at least one business owner who closed for the day, the crash seemed an uncanny stroke of bad luck. Laura English, who opened Laura’s Flowers in June, was expecting a busy weekend preparing boutonnieres and corsages for high school homecomings.

“Our compressors were smashed, the electricity, everything is out,” said English. “We’re not opening the coolers, trying to keep all our roses and merchandise cool.”

A nearly identical crash closed the Aurora ice cream shop Banana Split, owned by English’s sister and brother-in-law, for a couple days just at the start of the Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s just been a bad year,” said English.

The semi was still on the scene Thursday afternoon as crews installed a new utility pole. The top of the semi’s trailer appeared to be entirely caved. It was not known if there was any injuries.

Aurora police said a report from the crash would not be completed until Friday.

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