Man ticketed in hospital after truck hits high voltage tower

AURORA, Colo. - The suspected driver of a pickup that crashed into a high-voltage tower was ticketed in the hospital after the Sunday morning crash.

Jonathan Gibson, 36, was issued a summons for driving under the influence, careless driving and hit-and-run, according to several media reports citing Aurora police who were called to the hospital to investigate his injuries.

A truck crashed into a high-voltage tower near East Jewell Avenue and South Ironton Street in Aurora just before 6 a.m., police said.

Some evacuations were ordered as a precaution, but those orders were lifted just before 8 a.m.

"The tower's approximately 100 feet tall and if it came down we were concerned that it would pull other towers on either side of it down," said Aurora Fire Captain Allen Robnett.

RTD was called in to help evacuate residents, and Overland High School was made available to evacuees, police said.

Lee Pekish said Aurora police banged on the door of his apartment and told him to evacuate.

"I would say 20-25 fire trucks, ambulances, police cars," said Pekish. "I think half of Aurora's emergency response units were here."

Xcel Energy was able to de-energize the transmission line without cutting power to the area, spokesperson Michelle Aguayo confirmed.

No one was in the truck when emergency crews arrived.  

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