Power knocked out, restored after motorist strikes transformer

New York State Electric and Gas first class linemen Steve Simmons, left, and Matt Maison repair a damaged transformer on South Main Street in Oneonta on Friday. Power was shut down on a section of Main Street and all of South Main Street during the repair.Julie Lewis | The Daily Star

An Oceanside man hit a transformer with his vehicle on South Main Street in Oneonta early Thursday morning, causing power to be shut down on sections of Main Street and the entirety of South Main Street Friday afternoon. 

Scott Bauman, 20, struck the transformer around 3 a.m. Thursday, Oneonta Police Department Officer Jeff Galluser said.

Bauman was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely, leaving the scene of property damage accident and for speed not reasonable and prudent, Galluser said. Alcohol and drugs were not found to be factors in the incident.

New York State Electric and Gas Corporation performed emergency repairs to the transformer Friday afternoon, causing power to be shut off “on the south side of Main Street (the even numbers) between Grand Street and the Otsego County Office Building and the entirety of South Main Street,” according to a media release from the city of Oneonta. City Hall closed at 2 p.m.

Galluser said the transformer had been repaired as of 8:30 p.m.

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