A tanker truck struck a utility pole on Sunrise Highway...

A tanker truck struck a utility pole on Sunrise Highway in Merrick about 4:30 a.m. Monday, Nassau police said. Credit: John Scalesi

All lanes of the Sunrise Highway in Merrick have reopened after a tanker truck crash early Monday closed the roadway, but motorist could still face delays as crews repair downed power lines, police said.

The crash, believed to involve just the tanker truck, was reported at 5:03 a.m., according to Nassau police.

Afterward, police shutdown Sunrise Highway at Lansdowne Avenue, just east of the Meadowbrook and Babylon Turnpike, due to downed power lines and also fuel spillage, police said earlier Monday.

The PSEG Long Island outage map indicated an earlier minor power outage in the area had been resolved. PSEG said the outage caused by those downed power lines affected fewer than 10 customers.

Police said it was not immediately clear if there had been injuries in the accident.

The crash is the second involving a fuel tanker on Sunrise Highway in two weeks, following one involving an overturned tanker that erupted in a fireball in Rockville Centre on Feb. 16.

That crash destroyed a building and damaged others in an intense fire sparked when the tanker overturned, spilling about 9,200 gallons of gasoline onto the roadway, police said.

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