Hundreds without power on Long Island after MTA worker knocks out powerlines with STOLEN truck

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(PIX11) – Over 600 people are without power after an MTA worker knocked down power lines with a stolen crane truck in Elmont Tuesday morning.

Nassau County police say Joel Grassman, 51, stole a crane truck from the Jamaica Avenue yard, driving to his Elmont home at about 4 a.m.

Authorities say the crane accidentally lifted while the veteran MTA worker was driving down Meacham Avenue, taking down several utility poles.

Utility poles and trees were downed along Dutch Broadway, Corona Avenue, Kirkman Avenue, Keller Avenue E Street and K Street as well.

More than 6,000 people were initially out of power after the accident.

Charges are pending against Grassman.

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