Police & Fire

Dump Truck Accident Knocks Down Utility Pole

The clock is ticking as 13,000 volts burn through the wooden pole. The driver had to wait until power was cut before rescuers could get him out of the truck. Credits: Tom Beatty
Still fatigued by long hours of repair after the nor’easters, a NYSEG crew gets busy detaching the power lines and the transformer and cutting up the damaged pole. Credits: Tom Beatty
With wires cleared from the wreck, Lisi’s Towing moves in with two rigs to lift the heavy truck out of the ditch. Credits: Tom Beatty

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-A dump truck rolled over on Long Pond Road in Mahopac Wednesday, March 28, taking down a utility pole and leaving still-energized wires dangling above the vehicle, hampering first responders’ efforts to rescue the injured driver.

The accident happened near Pleasant Road, said Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Tom Beatty, and left 13,000-volt wires above the wreck and caused the transformer to start smoking.

The road was closed to traffic by Carmel Police. NYSEG crews were summoned and shut down power from that stretch of line, leaving area residents without power for a short period. The line crew then cut away the damaged pole and transformer, allowing rescue crews to extract the driver. He was safely removed and taken to Danbury Hospital for evaluation.

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Lisi’s Towing used two heavy tow trucks to lift the dump truck from the roadside embankment and put it back onto its wheels. The truck was towed away and NYSEG crews installed a new utility pole and transformer and power was restored to the area.

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