Tractor-Trailer Knocks Out Power for Hundreds of Staten Island Residents

By Nicholas Rizzi on September 30, 2013 2:09pm | Updated on September 30, 2013 4:49pm

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 A tractor-trailer crashed into two utility poles on Monday morning, knocking out power for 964 Staten Island residents, a Con Edison spokesman said.
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NEW SPRINGVILLE —  Hundreds of Con Edison customers lost power Monday morning after a tractor-trailer crashed into utility poles on Richmond Hill Road.

A P.C. Richard & Son truck took down two poles on Richmond Hill Road near the intersection with Richmond Avenue, in front of the entrance to the electronics store's parking lot. Con Ed received a call about the crash at 8:30 a.m., a spokesman said.

The collision initially knocked out power to 374 customers in New Springville, but the number of affected homes climbed to 965 when workers had to turn off power to make repairs, the spokesman said.

Con Edison restored power to all but two customers by 2 p.m. on Monday. The company did not have an assessment of the damage yet, but workers on scene said the truck knocked out three transformers.

Jimmy Vidao, a manager at P.C. Richard & Son, said the top of the truck snagged a wire hanging over the street, and it pulled the wire down while also taking down the two poles.

No injuries were reported in the crash, an FDNY spokesman said, and police said they hadn't received a report about it yet.

Richmond Hill Road was closed to cars from Merrymount Street to Richmond Avenue, as Con Ed worked at the scene.

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