Thousands of Tioga County residents were without electricity this morning and the start of school was delayed for some students after a high-voltage power line fell in the town of Owego.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The New York State Electric and Gas line went down on Montrose Turnpike around 6 a.m.

An Owego Apalachin school bus driver spotted the downed line and radioed the district's transportation office.

District transportation director Anthony Quaranta says buses were "juggled around" to pick up students and get them to school on time.

A section of Montrose Turnpike was closed to traffic until NYSEG crews were able to move the line from the roadway.

The Tioga Central School District delayed the start of classes by two hours because of the loss of electric service.

Nearly 3300 utility customers lost power for about two hours.


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