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.

The Mud Lady November 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
That's awesome. You have to laugh at the stupidity or you'll cry.
Tryclyde November 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Terrific! Thanks to these morons it will be even LONGER for neighborhoods to get their power back as resources are diverted to this now. Unbelievable.
Prentiss Gray November 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I'm hoping this means more of the restoration focus will move to lower Hillcrest now. My poor neighbors are freezing.
pat November 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Can someone find out how many trucks from JCP&L are working in Morristown?
Oh danny boy November 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
yeah, I guess thats why their job is garbage collection
Jeremy Gulish November 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Shortly after a truck with a crane ripped down the lines on the corner of Ann and Western next to the Court House. You just can't make this stuff up anymore. Be safe out there people!
jen r November 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Amen, Prentiss Gray! I am one of those neighbors!!!
Liz November 06, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Were they drunk?
Ellen Sue November 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I can tell you the lines by the courthouse were drooping low and the street should have been barricaded off to begin with ... but why a utility truck that should obviously know better tried to go under the 1/2 height wires is beyond me. I can only hope the live wires are moved so I can get into my house off Washington!
Carlos Castellano November 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
This is ridiculous!! We didn't loose power while the storm here in Hazlett st now this stupi comes and knocked the freaking pole down! I'm very upset and cold here!!! Any idea on when are they gonna restore the power in this area?!
Pablo November 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
ha.. my gf was getting ready to move in to her place on Washington St today... I guess she will just have to spend one more night at my place..... which I do not mind at all : )
Inthedark November 06, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Carlos! Are you kidding? Do you realize that there are people just up the street from you who have not gotten power back yet from last Monday? We are freezing!!!! My home is 41 degrees inside and I am texting this response from my car in my driveway because I needed to get warm. I'm sure your will come back soon.
Debbie Bruen November 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
It was only a matter of time until incidents like this started happening - And yes the majority of the Burnham Park community is still without power/heat - Day 8! Dorothy Drive/Grace Way and Upper Field have looked fine for days - where is the electric!
Prentiss Gray November 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Knock on the door and warm up or charge up.
Diana Pilas-Chereches November 06, 2012 at 07:55 PM
We are still out on Wetmore too, Day 8 of no electricity! It seems as if no one cares! I guess no one from JCP&L wants to fix the mess on Ogden St!
lynn magnusson November 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Too few workers working too long hours. I know of people putting in 16-20 hour days. Not surprised to hear about such accidents happening. I have also experienced people driving like they are in an amusement park bumper-car ride. Today, as I was passing a long line of cars for gas on Route 10, a driver got out of his car and walked into the middle of the highway(!) to see how many cars were in front of him. I almost hit him. He was totally oblivious to where he was. I think people are so weird right now they are not thinking normally.....
Mike Bennett November 06, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Bringing a downed network back online is not easy. Every branch must be traced from the source, to every possible end, and back to ground, before re-energizing the whole net. It's like raising a circus tent, all poles must be secured before lifting the tent up by the center, or it will collapse back onto the weakest point. Even is your street looks good, a street two blocks over that is ungrounded or damaged will bring you back down if not fixed simultaneously.
Josh November 06, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Thanks for the info Mike, and if the utilities know all these "poles" that need to be secured first. Why don't they tell us what the list is, then people would at least know where they stand.
Hugh Jarss November 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Maybe a "stimulus package" should be created to fund a proactive effort to minimise the effect of downed trees bringing down our power lines - or better still get them underground ala downtown Morristown!!
MAC5 November 07, 2012 at 01:16 AM
the power lines were low .. thank JCP&L and not the truck drivers. putting caution tape on them to make clear view that they are so low would some justice. Khadena had them. very nice morristown! also I have been without electricity from day 1. what about others without homes? bigger fish to fry. on the other hand the numerous drivers could have been electrocuted or died. wouldn't that be worse?
Prentiss Gray November 07, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Looks like one of the poles at the hillcrest/mills/Washington may have gone down completely.
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
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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