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What would happen if a car drove over a broken telephone line?

I see first responders always being urgent when directing cars in traffic during a fallen telephone pole. But what exactly would happen if we run over the telephone line?

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  • 9 months ago
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    A telephone line? Virtually nothing.

    A *power* line - lot's of potentially bad things.

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  • lare
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    first responders are trained to treat the situation as a "worst case" which would be a downed high voltage line and would keep traffic and people well away. the power company will respond to any downed line even if not owned by them, they are trained to recognize what wire service (telephone, cable, electric distribution, burglar alarm, etc) is involved, what danger is posed, and how to quickly neutralize the problem.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    An extremely small thump from the tyres! The voltages involved in the telephone system are small.

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  • Dale-E
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    It ruins the cable and possibly a hundred or more people are without that service.

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  • 9 months ago

    It might damage the telephone cable.

    The car would not be harmed.

    What IS a concern is power lines, which are quite dangerous.

    In reality, in most locations it is the power company

    that owns and maintains the poles and leases space on them

    to other users such as telephone and cable TV.

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  • R K
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    nothing would happen, but there are also electric lines on utility poles, not just telephone lines.

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