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Box truck driver ran into NYSEG pole after brakes failed in effort to avoid hurting people

On April 20 around 4:14 p.m. the Ithaca Police Department and the Ithaca Fire Department responded to the area of 408 E. State St. for a box truck that ran into a NYSEG Pole.

Upon arrival Officers shut down the area of E. State St between Seneca way and Stewart Ave. According to the driver of the truck, his brakes failed coming down E. State St. In order to avoid hurting anyone down the hill, he attempted to stop his vehicle by running into the NYSEG pole.


No one was injured as a result of this accident however the section of the roadway was shut down for approximately 3 hours as NYSEG worked to safely fix the poles.

Further information is not being released at this time.

Any witnesses of this incident are encouraged to contact the Ithaca Police Department.



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