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.