Bucket truck catches fire after hitting power lines in Lady Lake
1,000 without power in Lake County
SECO Energy said one of the company's 55-foot material handler bucket trucks caught fire when it made contact with a Duke Energy electric line after a crash Friday.
The energy company said the bucket truck was heading north on Highway 441 in Lady Lake and made contact with another vehicle.
The crash happened near the intersection of Highway 441 and Eagles Nest Road.
Energy officials said that, in an attempt to minimize contact with the other vehicle, the bucket truck driver swerved and left the roadway.
The other vehicle crossed his path unexpectedly, energy officials said.
Once the truck left the roadway, it made contact with the electric lines.
The truck caught on fire but, thankfully, the driver escaped and does not appear to be seriously injured, according to SECO Energy.
The energy company said the driver of the other vehicle was cited.
Another occupant of the vehicle was transported to a hospital as a precaution, according to energy officials.
Earlier in the day, 4,000 Duke Energy customers in Lake County were without power. The number of customers without power is now 1,000