UPDATE: The driver of the garbage truck is 44-year-old Dale A. Doty, of Beecher City. Doty struck a power line pole owned by Ameren at 803 N. Keller Drive, causing outages in the area. There are no citations thus far.
UPDATE: The downed lines and poles were caused by a passing garbage truck. The driver stayed in the cab and is uninjured.
The Effingham Fire Department, Police Department, and ISP responded and rerouted traffic.
Ameren is currently working on repairing the lines, poles, and transformer that was damaged. Until then, power in the area will be out.
Keller to Evergreen and Keller is currently without power to the stoplights. Ameren is currently fixing the problem. Ameren says that it will be about six hours before the traffic lights are back on. Please treat the lights as a four way. Avoid the area if possible and be aware of emergency personnel. Drive safe!