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.
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