2009-09-04 / Top Stories

Van Knocks Down Long Island Power Authority Pole And Wires

By Miriam Rosenberg

On Friday, August 27 a van slammed into a LIPA pole on the corner of Beach 14 Street across from Heyson Road, leaving the pole leaning over the street. On Friday, August 27 a van slammed into a LIPA pole on the corner of Beach 14 Street across from Heyson Road, leaving the pole leaning over the street. A LIPA pole was knocked out of its foundation last Thursday when, according to witnesses, a van slammed into it on the corner of Beach 14 Street, across from Heyson Road. The unmarked van then took off, leaving the pole leaning tenuously over the street. Overnight, the pole, in front of 252 Beach 14 Street, toppled. The upper portion, still connected to wires, was found on the opposite corner.

"[That broken] pole is a guy wire pole," said LIPA spokesperson Mark Gross. "It stabilizes others with the primary wires. It did not have electrical wires on in, [and] it never posed any danger."

On Monday LIPA cleaned the area and removed the top piece of the pole and its wires. A work order has been put in to replace the pole. Work should be done after the repairs from recent storm damage on Long Island have been completed. Gross said they hope to have the job done sometime this month. The broken pole remains in the gutter, in front of New Haven Apartments, waiting to be replaced.

On Monday, the top part of the pole -  which broke off when the pole came down -  was removed. A LIPA spokesman said the wires connected to it and to a pole on the other side of the street posed no danger to residents. On Monday, the top part of the pole - which broke off when the pole came down - was removed. A LIPA spokesman said the wires connected to it and to a pole on the other side of the street posed no danger to residents. LIPA encourages people who see any downed poles or wires to report them immediately by calling 1-800-490- 0075.

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