Over 900 NIPSCO customers lost power in Chesterton this morning--including
some in the Downtown business district--after the Chesterton Fire
Department’s ladder truck inadvertently struck an electric line.
NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer told the Chesterton Tribune that the
incident occurred at 9:15 a.m., when the CFD’s ladder truck struck a primary
line. The disruption affected 924 customers, service to whom was restored by
around 10 a.m., he said.
Fire Chief Mike Orlich confirmed the incident and said no one was injured.
Firefighters were performing their weekly check of the ladder truck and the
operator believed there was sufficient clearance to extend the ladder,
Orlich said. Instead, a corner of the bucket struck the overhead line.
“Luckily no one was hurt,” Orlich told the Tribune.
“The safety features on the truck were working. But if someone on the ground
had been touching the truck at the time, it would have been a bad