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Two linesman work on power lines on Meacham Avenue as LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

Truck downs power wires in Elmont

LIPA and other utility crews repair damaged lines and poles after a man, earlier in the day, drove a boom-arm crane truck through Elmont causing serious damage and knocking out electrical service to thousands of homes, police and a LIPA spokesman told Newsday.

Police say Joel Grasman, 51, a veteran NYC
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Police say Joel Grasman, 51, a veteran NYC Transit worker stole a 66,000-pound crane truck from the rail yard where he works and drove it through his Elmont neighborhood. (Aug 27, 2013)

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Utility workers pull cables while crews work to repair downed power lines and poles on Meacham Avenue in Elmont after a veteran NYC Transit worker driving a crane truck went tearing through his neighborhood, ripping down utility poles and power lines. (Aug. 27, 2013)

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LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

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LIPA and other utility crews work to repair
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LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

LIPA utility crews at work repairing down power
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LIPA utility crews at work repairing down power lines and poles on E Street after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

Two linesman work on power lines on Meacham
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Two linesman work on power lines on Meacham Avenue as LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

LIPA crews work to repair damaged poles and
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LIPA crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

LIPA and other utility crews work to repair
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LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

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LIPA and other utility crews work to repair
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LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

LIPA linesman Jeff Talbot repairs a line as
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LIPA linesman Jeff Talbot repairs a line as LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

Linesmen repair lines and poles as LIPA and
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Linesmen repair lines and poles as LIPA and other utility crews work to repair damaged poles and downed lines after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

LIPA crews work to repair damage after police
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LIPA crews work to repair damage after police say a man stole a 66,000-pound crane truck and drove it through his Elmont neighborhood. The truck's boom arm knocked down utility poles, tree limbs and traffic signals, police said. (Aug. 27, 2013)

LIPA crews work to repair damage after an
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LIPA crews work to repair damage after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

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Polls and lines lay atop a car on
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Polls and lines lay atop a car on Meacham Avenue at the intersection of I Street LIPA after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

Downed poles and lines on Keller Avenue after
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Downed poles and lines on Keller Avenue after an Elmont man, earlier in the day, drove with a boom-arm crane extended on a truck causing the damage in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

A veteran NYC Transit worker stole a 66,000-pound
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A veteran NYC Transit worker stole a 66,000-pound crane truck from the rail yard where he works and drove it through his Elmont neighborhood, police said, the truck's boom arm knocking down utility poles, tree limbs and traffic signals. (Aug. 27, 2013)

A veteran NYC Transit worker stole a 66,000-pound
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A veteran NYC Transit worker stole a 66,000-pound crane truck from the rail yard where he works and drove it through his Elmont neighborhood, police said, the truck's boom arm knocking down utility poles, tree limbs and traffic signals. (Aug. 27, 2013)

Scene in Elmont on Meacham Avenue where wires
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Scene in Elmont on Meacham Avenue where wires and poles are down on a car. (Aug. 27, 2013)

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Scene in Elmont on Arcadian Avenue where wires
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Scene in Elmont on Arcadian Avenue where wires and poles are down. (Aug. 27, 2013)

A view of Keller and E streets in
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A view of Keller and E streets in Elmont where wires and poles are down. (Aug. 27, 2013)

A man in a boom-arm crane truck drove
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A man in a boom-arm crane truck drove through Elmont, flattening utility poles and downing utility wires and tree limbs, knocking out electrical service to thousands of homes, Nassau County police and a LIPA spokesman told Newsday. (Aug. 27, 2013)

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority NYC Transit truck with
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A Metropolitan Transportation Authority NYC Transit truck with a swinging boom arm on a ramp of the eastbound Southern State Parkway at Corona Avenue, Exit 15. There are reports of multiple downed wires and power outages in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

MTA New York City Transit truck with wires
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MTA New York City Transit truck with wires in its bucket on the exit ramp of the eastbound Southern State Parkway at Corona Avenue. There are reports of multiple downed wires and power outages in Elmont. (Aug. 27, 2013)

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A man in a boom-arm crane truck drove
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A man in a boom-arm crane truck drove through Elmont, downing utility poles, electrical wires and tree limbs and knocking out electrical service to thousands of homes, police and a LIPA spokesman told Newsday. (Aug. 27, 2013)

A man in a boom-arm crane truck drove
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A man in a boom-arm crane truck drove through Elmont, downing utility poles, electrical wires and tree limbs and knocking out electrical service to thousands of homes, police and a LIPA spokesman told Newsday. (Aug 27, 2013)

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