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Garbage truck takes down power lines in Watertown

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) - A garbage truck crashes into power poles in Watertown on Wednesday, bringing down lines and causing power outages.

The truck took down the poles and low-lying wires on Templeton Parkway at Mt. Auburn Street and caused a transformer fire.

"He pulled this pole over with the transformer down, the driver of the trash truck trapped in the truck with the transformer on fire," said Watertown Fire Department Deputy Chief Rob Ianetta.

The driver of the truck was trapped inside for approximately 45 minutes.

About 1,000 NStar customers, including homes and businesses, are without power, but no injuries were reported.

"You know, nobody got hurt. But it never should have happened. It was just stupidity. The guy should have just stayed in the truck," said Richard Bogosian, who witnessed the crash.

MBTA buses and trolleys run through the area. Buses will replace the Route 71 trackless trolleys due to the incident. Mt. Auburn Street has since reopened but crews continue to work on replacing the utility poles and wires.
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