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Power Out Along Busy New Jersey Roadway After Utility Poles Crash Down

Several businesses are without power after two utility poles went down on Route 17 in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Fire officials say a half-dozen transformers went down with the poles near the popular Crow's Nest restaurant and bar at Vincent Avenue.

The owner of the restaurant told News 4 said he arrived at about 7 a.m. and noticed the utility pole was leaning, and made a mental note to call PSE&G. Minutes later, he heard a boom and saw the pole crashed on the ground.

He said he's grateful the pole went into the parking lot and not onto the busy Route 17 during rush hour or lunchtime, when the lot would have been packed. 

PSE&G crews are on the scene working to restore equipment and power. In the meantime, Crow's Nest is keep its food in a refrigerated truck out back. 

Some businesses in a nearby strip mall also had to close due to the outage, including a Subway sandwich shop, a dental office and a nail salon. A Carvel ice cream store remained open with a generator but ice cream was melting fast. 

One lane of the highway is closed on the southboud side of Route 17 as authorities respond. 

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