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Car Strikes Utility Pole Knocking Out Power for More Than 2,000

A car veered off Route 6N Saturday morning striking a utility pole and knocked out power for thousands of Mahopac residents. The car caught fire but the 16-year-old driver escaped injury. Credits: Photo courtesy of Michael A Trinchitella

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -  A car drove off Route 6N Saturday morning striking a utility pole and catching fire while knocking out power for more than 2,000 New York State Electric & Gas customers in the area.

Police said a 16-year-old male was headed south on 6N toward Jefferson Valley when he lost control of the 2004 Ford Escape he was driving and struck the pole at around 9:52 a.m. Police Chief Michael Cazzari said the driver was able to escape from the car uninjured, but the pole and the car caught fire.

Mahopac Falls Fire Department and NYSEG crews responded to the scene. The NYSEG website reported at 11:45 a.m. that 2,187 customers in Mahopac and Mahopac Falls were without power.  NYSEG estimated that power would be restored by 1:30 p.m.; however, some residents reported that by noon their electricity had already come back on.

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“He was able to get out of the car and get away from wires,” Cazzari said.  “The wires came down; the pole and the car caught fire and it was a real mess. But the driver was not hurt. He was really lucky.”

Cazzari said the accident took place near the intersection of Stillwater Road not far from the Holy Smoke restaurant.

Cazzari said no arrests were made or citations issued.

“It will be difficult to tell if anything happened mechanically because the car burned up,” he said.

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