10 Merritt Island customers still without power after tractor-trailer brings down lines



BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - The power still out in Brevard County for about 10 customers after a tractor-trailer heading south on Courtenay Parkway went on the shoulder of the road and hit power poles.

Several Merritt Island businesses were without power.

Florida Power and Light hoped to have power restored by 7 p.m.

Troopers said the driver didn't know he'd hit lines until he was pulled over.

In the meantime, some of the businesses in the south Courtenay Centre shut down early for the day as a result of the power outage including a day care and a hair salon.

"It's going to get hot. I had to cancel all my clients. I still have one at 5:30 I have not canceled yet," salon owner Denise McCarty said.

FPL said it's in the process of major repair for a relatively isolated outage.

Crews will need to replace three power poles, two transformers and restring 100 feet of wire to restore power to about 10 customers.

"He had to know, he had to know," McCarty said.

Troopers said the semi-truck driver won't be charged with hit and run, but charged are pending for taking down the lines.

There was also personal property damage sustained.