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Garbage, Bucket Trucks Knock Down Poles, Power Lines

Occupants of two vehicles needed to be rescued after live wires fell on Washington Street, which remains closed between Kahdena Road and Western Avenue; in a separate incident, a bucket truck ran into lines near the Morris County Courthouse.

In a span of less than a half-hour, a garbage truck and a bucket truck each struck and brought down power lines in two unrelated incidents about a half-mile apart on Washington Street and Western Avenue Tuesday morning.

The garbage struck first hit power lines on Washington Street near the corner of Mills Street at about 8:30 a.m., a Morristown police officer on the scene said. The truck knocked down three utility poles and power lines, which remained active on the ground as of about 9 a.m.

The lines fell on two vehicles where the occupants needed to be pulled out by utility workers who were passing through the area, the police officer said.

Power in that area of Mills Street had gone out as a result of the incident.

Shortly after the garbage truck incident, a utility truck's crane and bucket also struck and brought down power lines on Western Avenue at Ann Street, near the Morris County Courthouse.

Washington Street has been shut down between Kahdena Road and Western Avenue. Mills Street has been closed between Early Street and Washington Street. An officer stationed at the courthouse directing traffic said there was no timetable for when either incident was expected to be cleared.

Patch will continue to update this story.

Judy November 07, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Any updates?
Debbie Bruen November 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Saw three trucks working on the pole just a bit ago!
Judy November 07, 2012 at 07:19 PM
thanks....
Sharon Callahan November 08, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Good news! Today utility/pole work began on Rte202t Kemble , bottom of Skyline. Tonight by 5PM, snow storm created hazard conditions on elevated roads, Skyline Dr., cars skidded off road. No sand, nor salt . Both Sandy and this storm were predicted and said to be prepared, however no evidence of any help was seen nor provided. JCP&L should be made to account to the public for its disgraceful response to our municipal authorities as they tried to inform their residents. Imagine the response if an unanticipated event occurred!
Michael Zucker November 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Still no power from the garbage truck accident.

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