Cement Truck Downs Power Lines, Causes Outages on Long Island

The truck hit telephone wires on Boxwood Lane in Hicksville

A cement truck accidentally knocked down power lines in a Long Island hamlet Friday afternoon, leaving more than 100 homes without power for hours.

The truck hit telephone wires on Boxwood Lane in Hicksville, according to a spokeswoman for the utility company PSEG Long Island, bringing electrical wires down and causing outages in 134 homes.

The power in most of the homes was restored at around 10 p.m., officials said.

"I was sitting at computer, and all of a sudden there was like an explosion," said Sally Knapp, who was hearing the noise of power lines knocking down her next door neighbor's chimney.

Knapp said the accident caused a small electrical fire in her home, and she and her family will be staying in a hotel for a few days until the smoke subsides and repairs are made. 

Two other homes were also damaged.

It's unclear what caused the accident.

--Checkey Beckford contributed reporting

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