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Dump truck brings down wires, knocks out power to 625 in Massena

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MASSENA — More than 600 Massena Electric Department customers found themselves without power Friday morning after a dump truck brought down several utility lines and snapped a utility pole.

State police said Michael McKim, 60, Norfolk, was driving southbound on Alcoa Road, not realizing that the box of the dump truck he was driving was raised. Mr. McKim made his way to the end of Alcoa Road without incident, but as he attempted to turn right onto East Orvis Street, the box snagged several utility wires and eventually snapped a utility pole, knocking out power to roughly 625 customers, including the St. Lawrence Centre mall, for 24 minutes at 9:22 a.m.

MED Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon said a “handful” of customers in the immediate vicinity of the accident remained without power slightly longer as repairs to the pole were being made.

Mr. McKim was ticketed for operating a vehicle that was over height and cited for 12 other “correctable violations.”

No injuries were reported.

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