Driver hospitalized after cement truck hits power line in Webster

Officials with the West Webster Fire Department said the driver struck a live wire with the boom of his truck on Shallow Brook Terrace. (WHAM photo)

Webster, N.Y. (WHAM) - A driver for a construction company hit a power line with the boom of his truck, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in Monroe County on Tuesday afternoon.

Officials with the Webster Fire Department said the driver struck a live wire with the boom of his cement truck on Shallow Brook Terrace. Fire officials said the driver was operating the boom on the truck remotely when it made contact with the line at the site of a home being built.

The driver, who is estimated to be in his 50s, was shocked by electricity when the two made contact.

Firefighters who were called to the scene said he was alert when they arrived. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

At peak, RG&E said 4,600 customers were without power as a result of the incident.

Power had been restored to all customers by 4:30 p.m., according to RG&E officials.

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