Power out to Bostic customers

Jan. 03, 2014 @ 04:31 AM

Power lines and a transformer belonging to Duke Energy located off off Bostic-Sunshine Highway were repaired Thursday afternoon following a vehicle accident at 11:15 a.m. Cameron Hodge, 16, of Bostic, was traveling north on the highway when he ran off the left, hit the power pole and traveled down a 25 feet embankment. About 679 Duke customers were without power until 3:30 p.m. The initial outage was 125 customers, but to repair the lines, pole and transformer, ultimately 679 people lost electricity for more than four hours. Hodge's 2005 Toyota Tundra came to a rest on its top at the bottom of the embankment. He was able to get out of the truck and to the highway for help. He was taken to Rutherford Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Trooper J.S. Spence said, "he was running too fast in the rain and unfortunately it was inexperience." Among charges will be lane control violation, said Spence. Also assisting at the scene were Rutherford County EMS and Bostic firefighters.