Trucker Blamed for Power Outage

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A trucker is accused of knocking down a half-dozen utility poles that led to a power outage affecting nearly 200 residents and forcing a Waterbury school to shut.

The Republican-American and The Hartford Courant report that Waterbury police say a 24-foot box truck driven by Carlos Cortez of Waterbury Sunday struck and toppled a utility pole that took down two other poles.

Cortez is accused of leaving the scene, taking down three more poles on two other streets and abandoning the truck.

About 170 utility customers were without power and an elementary school was shut Monday.

Police charged the 33-year-old Cortez with evading responsibility, failure to drive right and operating under suspension.

A phone number could not be found for Cortez and it was not known Monday if he is represented by a lawyer.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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