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Power Outage in Maspeth After Truck Backs Into Electric Pole

By Mathew Katz | June 20, 2013 3:30pm
  ConEd repair crews were one the scene shortly after the incident.
The truck backed into the power line, snapping it, witnesses said.
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MASPETH — Hundreds of Maspeth residents and several businesses lost power after a truck backed into a utility poll and snapped it in half Thursday morning.

The driver of the CSX Intermodal freight truck allegedly backed into the pole at around 9:45 a.m. in front of 61-40 Maurice Ave., witnesses said, breaking the pole and severing the power cable above it.

The outage affected residents, along with local restaurants and a nearby gas station. Roughly 900 customers lost service, according to a ConEd spokesman. Service was restored by about 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

CSX did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

With a report from BMR Breaking News.