ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — Several hundred customers remain without power after a stolen bucket truck pulled down wires and power poles in Elmont, Long Island.
Nassau County police arrested the driver; charges are pending.
The MTA says the truck was stolen from its facility in Jamaica, Queens. The truck and several welding machines were discovered missing at 6 a.m.
Long Island Power Authority spokesman Mark Gross says over 6,000 customers were initially without electricity following the 4 a.m. incident. Less than 600 remain without power.
He says the truck pulled down a dozen poles along several blocks. Gross says there was a lot of damage in a short amount of time. He says primary wires as well as transmission lines were knocked down.
Gross says "it's going to be a labor-intensive day."