Dump truck gets tangled in power lines, pulls down 12 utility poles

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A busy roadway in upstate New York could be closed for days after a dump truck pulled down several utility poles and power lines on Monday morning.

According to our sister station WROC, the driver of the dump truck was leaving a high school in Rush-Henrietta and didn’t realize the truck’s bed was upright. It got caught in power lines and pulled down 12 utility poles.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says a total of three vehicles were involved. Five people were trapped but got out safely. The high school was also evacuated.

WROC reports about 1,200 customers were without power in the area after the crash. Most of those people have their power restored now.

Deputies have blocked off about half a mile of the road and are asking people to stay away from the area as crews try to clean up. They’re working to replace the broken poles and six others that could come down, according to WROC.

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