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Down Phone Wire Causes Newbridge Road Closure

A car accident at approximately 7:20 a.m. caused the wire to fall into the street.

Newbridge Road has been closed between Seventh Avenue and Lawn Drive since early Tuesday morning due to a down electrical wire in the middle of the street.

According to police, the wire fell after a car "slid off of the road and hit into a transmission pole" at approximately 7:20 a.m, and the road was deemed unsafe for drivers or pedestrians. Nobody was injured in the crash, police said.

First precinct officers blocked off the areas with cones and caution tape, and traffic was diverted on to nearby side streets as the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) worked to make the area safe.

"There was a car accident that took down a transmission pole," LIPA Spokesman Mark Gross said. "It is larger in size than a normal pole and has equipment on it."

The first step for LIPA was to remove the power from the wires that hung low to the ground.

"We've set a new pole, and we will try to straighten the old pole temporarily so the intersection can open," Gross said. "Once it's straightened, we will transfer equipment to the new pole and safely discard the old pole."

There were no outages from the accident, but some homes were temporarily without power while LIPA removed the power from of the loose wires, but those homes have regained power.

ben December 15, 2010 at 04:34 PM
yes there were outrages i lost a full day of business and as a small business owner i rely on everyday sales i am at a great loss and i witnessed the accident from my store the person was speeding well over 60 on ice at 7:00 i mean come on they are responsible for my loss and others they should be held accountable for there stupidity and recklessness someone could have got killed
Michael Ganci December 15, 2010 at 05:23 PM
Very interesting. Thanks for letting us know Ben. I was informed by LIPA that no business or homes suffered outages, but it sounds like they were mistaken.


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