Damaged equipment

This electrical 'switchgear' on Stone Quarry Road in Queensbury was hit by a plow last week, knocking out power to nearly 1,900 National Grid customers in the region.

Don Lehman, dlehman@poststar.com

QUEENSBURY — A town truck plowing snow at a water pumping station caused Thursday’s power outage to nearly 1,900 National Grid customers in Queensbury, Glens Falls and Kingsbury.

No injuries were reported when the town Water Department vehicle backed into a piece of equipment owned by National Grid near its substation off Queensbury Avenue around 11 a.m.

It took nearly 90 minutes for National Grid to diagnose the problem and repair it, and an estimated 1,900 homes and businesses along Dix Avenue and Queensbury Avenue were without electricity during that time.

Chris Harrington, the town’s water superintendent, said the utility equipment on Stone Quarry Road was not marked or protected by bollards.

No police agency was contacted, and he said the utility had not indicated whether it would seek restitution.

National Grid spokesman Nathan Stone said an electrical “switchgear,” contained in a metal box, was damaged. The boxes are about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide and are typically visible above the snow, he added.

“They are substantial,” he said.

He said the company was looking into whether restitution would be sought, but state law generally absolves municipal vehicles of civil liability when their vehicles cause damage while plowing snow or maintaining public property.

“When you are dealing with municipal vehicles, the law gets a little murky,” he said.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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