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Power Lines Knocked Down On Ocean Avenue

Street closed; police say tractor trailer downed lines.

Multiple live power lines on Ocean Avenue were knocked down and left sprawled across the street late this afternoon, causing Nassau County Police to close the road for safety reasons.

Several houses on Ocean Avenue are currently without power.

Contrary to early reports that strong winds were responsible for the downed power lines, Nassau police on the scene said that witnesses reported the power lines were actually knocked down by a truck at about 4:55 p.m.

"A lady said it was a huge tractor trailer...the top was too high," police said. "Sometimes the lines will start to sag and dip down like a clothesline, and you get an 18-wheeler coming down the street, and they get caught. We've seen it before."

The truck driver in question didn't stop; in fact, according to police, the driver might not even have been aware of the problems he caused for the residents of Ocean Avenue.

"Sometimes they don't even know [when they hit something]," the officer said. "Tractor trailers are big."

According to police, the full extent of damage to neighboring houses in terms of electricity, cable, or telephone outages is not currently known.

Repair crews are expected on the scene shortly.

Tom Pendergast June 03, 2011 at 02:28 PM
I live on Roxbury Lane and a huge tractor trailer rig came down my block two days ago and just made it under the telephone and power lines. They belong on Hicksville Rd and not on the local streets! Thanks Uncle Giuseppe's!
Liz June 03, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I live on Fairfield Road. There are NO deliveries being made on either Fairfield or Roxbury Lane. These trailors do not belong on residential streets. If they can make a right turn out of Uncle G's parking lot than they can also make a left turn. These trailors are attempting to avoid the light at Hicksville and Merricks Roads. We had a trailor also on this block today, that hit the top of the trees to. Add to that the streets being lined all day by the employees who are forbidden from parking their cars in the parking lot, and employees eating lunch in their cars and then dumping their garbage on the street as one of my neighbors observed. Several neighbors have already had it, and this store has only been opened two weeks.
Tom Pendergast June 03, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Well another large tractor trailor just went down Roxbury Lane. Still have power and phone service, for now.

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