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News: Garbage truck crashes into power pole, impacting Geneseo businesses

HENRY COUNTY, IL -- A solid waste truck crashed into and damaged a utility pole Tuesday morning, causing businesses to lose power in downtown Geneseo, reports Geneseo Republic.

The incident occurred in the 100 block of South State Street at approximately 9:23 a.m.

Authorities said an Eagle Enterprises Recycling truck had been collecting waste during a route through the municipal alley on the road's west side. At one point, the truck started reversing into the alley and hit a City of Geneseo Municipal Utilities pole, causing it to break. The damage on the pole caused tension on the utility wires, which led to the damage of other poles in the alley. Shortly after, two of those poles collapsed onto nearby buildings and across the alleyway.

The event caused a nearly hour-long disruption in power to nearby businesses. Geneseo Municipal Utilities was then able to keep the outage from spreading beyond the immediate area, but power remained out as of Wednesday morning.

No injuries have been reported in the event, but multiple businesses have had to remain closed.

Authorities said the driver will be issued a citation for "improper backing of a motor vehicle."

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