Car Crash Saturday Knocks Out Power In Montauk


More than 600 households in Montauk lost power on Saturday afternoon after a car accident knocked down a utility pole on Old Montauk Highway near the intersection with Washington Street.

Old Montauk Highway was closed west of the hamlet’s downtown for more than three hours while the vehicle and the power lines were cleared from the roadway.

According to East Hampton Town Police, two people were in the eastbound vehicle when it flipped over just after a rise in the roadway, striking the utility pole. The pole snapped and felled the electrical transmission lines and a transformer that was mounted on the pole.

At least one person was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police Chief Ed Ecker Jr. said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Long Island Power Authority says that 609 households lost power because of the crash, but all had the lights back on by 6 p.m.

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