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#114329 - 02/21/03 07:18 AM Deer on Power Pole?
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BGE received a call from a customer saying: "My power is out. When you come to fix it be sure to bring a truck with a tall enough bucket to remove the deer". The customer service rep prudently trying to gather helpful information to help diagnose the problem asked, "What deer"? The customer replied " There is a deer on top of one of the electric poles on Wilkes Rd . about 1/2 mile west off perimeter Rd". The customer service rep tried desperately to pull herself together and not laugh in front of the customer and replied "We will dispatch someone right away to investigate the power outage. Thank you for the call".

Upon completion of the call, the customer service rep proceeded to share the funny story with her coworkers in the office and they all had a good laugh.

Well, low and behold, the serviceman who repaired the problem stopped by the customer service office the following day with the attached pictures. Sure enough, the poor deer had been hit by a train & landed on top of a distribution feeder pole!


(Submitted by Joe Tedesco for Stuart Parks)

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#114330 - 02/21/03 08:00 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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OK, I read the story w/ the pics...
"The deer got hit by a train and wound up on the pole"???
Based on the pics, I see no "carnage" to the deer carcass. All the road kill I see here in NJ is pretty beat-up, and only landed on the road shoulder.

Pole is probably 30'-40', train tracks are not visable, but may be in the foreground. Now that has to be one hell of a trajectory and aim!!

Could this be a joke??????

John
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#114331 - 02/21/03 08:19 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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John,

I agree it certainly looks like the deer was placed on the pole. Look at the position the deer is in. Also if it had been hit by a train and traveled that distance there would be a lot of momentum and it might have taken out that pole.

The question is how? It appears that there might be a tire track in the bottom left of the picture. My guess it that one guy had a stinger crane and another guy climbed up the pole to position the deer.

I am sure alcohol was involved.

Scott

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#114332 - 02/21/03 08:33 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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High speed train with a rounded, sloping front?

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#114333 - 02/21/03 08:40 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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The photographer may have been standing on the tracks when he took the picture...so the tracks would probably not appear in the frame.

But you're right...that deer doesn't look all splattered and mangled...which is what it would probably look like if a train had hit it.

Then again...if this was around Christmas time....maybe one of Santa Claus's reindeer died on the job and he untied it in mid-flight?

George Noory (Coast-to-Coast AM) will probably have a field day with it....should send it to his show to post on his website...

[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 02-21-2003).]

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#114334 - 02/21/03 09:32 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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I may be way off base here, but the wires in the pix don't look like any kind of POCO utility lines I have ever seen. They look more like wiring that might be used for some kind of signaling system for railroad use.

I agree with Scotts...looks like alcohol played a part in this .

Mike (mamills)

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#114335 - 02/21/03 09:44 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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I am the one who submitted the deer on the power pole to Joe Tedesco and I am assured that it is real and did really happen as noted in the write up. I didn't see it so I can't say yea or nay, but I do believe the person who submitted it to me.

Stuart

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#114336 - 02/21/03 09:51 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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Additional Notes to the deer and to Mike. If the conductors were signal circuits, Then why the transformer on the pole. Lets call it railrod kill instead of road kill
Stuart

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#114337 - 02/21/03 10:29 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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Why a transformer in what appears to be the middle of nowhere?

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#114338 - 02/21/03 10:36 AM Re: Deer on Power Pole?
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The transformer might be used for a step-down for irrigation equipment. Notice the deer has no rear hoofs. Also notice what appears to be tire tracks on the left hand side of the photo in the grass.

This photo was on the "Coast-to-Coast" with George Noory website a few weeks ago.

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