Downed utility poles and wires in North Cape Capy

A tractor trailer knocked down utility poles and wires Monday afternoon in North Cape May.

LOWER TOWNSHIP — A tractor trailer knocked down utility poles Monday afternoon, causing dozens of North Cape May residents to lose power, according to police and Atlantic City Electric.

At 1:23 p.m., police were notified of a single-car motor vehicle accident on Lincoln Boulevard near the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal entrance, police said.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers found three snapped utility poles and live wires lying across the road, police said.

The driver of the tractor trailer was turning into the ferry terminal when the top of the truck caught a low-hanging wire that resulted in three poles being damaged, police said.

About 292 residents in the surrounding area were without power for about two hours, said police and Frank Tedesco, senior communications specialist for Atlantic City Electric.

Atlantic City Electric repaired the utility poles, police said. The tractor trailer was able to be driven from the scene after being deemed safe to do so by fire personnel, police said.

Police did not release the name of the driver.

The Town Bank Fire Department, Delaware River and Bay Authority, Atlantic City Electric and Lower Township Rescue assisted, police said.

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