Traffic on the Galveston Causeway was shut down for about an hour on Thursday night after a crane snapped a power line. The line then struck a Galveston Police Department motorcycle officer.
Capt. Henry Poretto said construction crews were in the unopened lanes of the northbound causeway moving a crane. The boom of the crane struck the live power line and snapped it.
Officer David Jones was traveling northbound about 8:30 p.m. when the line struck him on the left side of his helmet and visor. The officer was not seriously hurt and didn’t require a trip to the hospital.
“If he wasn’t wearing his helmet he would have (likely) been killed,” Poretto said. “He may have to see medical attention later, but he is doing OK.”
Officers closed the inbound and outbound bridges as crews worked to remove the power line. Stuck in the northbound traffic was an ambulance transporting a patient to a mainland hospital.
Poretto said the ambulance radioed that it could no longer wait, so Life Flight was called to transport the patient. It was not confirmed what the extent of that patient’s injury or illness was.
After the power line was removed from the traffic lanes, state road crews conducted a quick inspection and declared the roadway safe.
Traffic in both directions resumed about 9:30 p.m.
Category: Accident Report
Tags: Power Lines