Several South Waco residents were left without power for about three hours after a tractor-trailer snagged a phone line and pulled several power lines down with it, authorities said.

The driver of a tractor-trailer snagged a low telephone line connected to a home near the intersection of 17th Street and Wood Avenue at about 3 p.m., Assistant Waco Fire Chief Patrick Kerwin said. The line was pulled down, along with electrical lines strung on nearby utility poles.

"The witness said she heard a dragging sound, so the phone line must have been drug down, then that caused one of the breakers to trip," Kerwin said. "There are several houses that are reported without power."

Houses from 16th Street to 20th Street south of Interstate 35 were without electricity for much of the afternoon. A downed power line sparked a small grass fire in the 2000 block of Wood Avenue, but a resident was able to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, Kerwin said.

Utility companies were called to the area and worked to address the outage late Friday afternoon. Waco police Officer Garen Bynum said the truck driver was on a truck route, and no injuries were reported.

"Lights were out, so officers were directing traffic to try to keep traffic moving safely," Bynum said.

Oncor's outage map stated power was restored to the south Waco neighborhood by 6 p.m.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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