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18-wheeler takes down 5 Brandon power poles

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According to Brandon Police Chief William Thompson, on Thursday an 18-wheeler snagged a power line, bringing down five power poles near Shiloh and Shiloh Parkway. More than 400 people are without power.

Chief Thompson says the driver of the 18-wheeler was trying to make a right turn on Shiloh Parkway, but got caught up in a low hanging power line.

"Managed to grab a power line with one of his smoke stacks and as he continued on, power line pulled down. I'm counting five power poles to include the transformers on them," Chief Thompson said. 

The accident caused detours to a state little league baseball tournament at Shiloh Park. People heading to the baseball tournament are encouraged to take Louis Wilson Drive to Kennedy Farm Parkway. Roger Morris, coach of Mississippi Charger, had to end his practice for the tournament short.

"I think they are going to get everything done as fast as they can. We'll just be out here and practice as much as we can until the sun goes down," Morris explained.

More than 400 people were affecting by the power outage and Entergy says workers are trying to get power restored before midnight. 

"When the lights are down, games are going to be over with. We are rescheduling the games as early in the morning to make up for lost time," Thompson said.

It's not clear why the driver was on a residential street. He is expected to be okay. 

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