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Police in Cambridge try to figure out why several utility poles tumbled down, taking out power

Pole on car in Cambridge

Cambridge Police report they are investigating what cause several utility poles on Washington Street to crash to the ground late last night, taking out power to neighboring homes.

Often in these instances, wires can be inadvertently struck and pulled by a passing truck/vehicle.

Police add that Eversource hopes to have power restored by the end of today.

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According to WBZ radio, Eversource claims it has evidence that this was caused by a vehicle while one neighbor (who was nearby but didn't witness it) believes the poles fell on their own. Cambridge police said the cause hasn't been determined. It will be interesting if there's any camera footage.

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Those skinny old poles look overburdened...so it was probably a combination of both a tall vehicle and an imminent collapse as the neighbor expected.

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Could it be the result of any of those many, many double poles that are illegal, but prevalent in Cambridge? Can the Pols do anything about those poles?

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Has the Brighton serial tree-killer branched out to new targets?

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2018 street view looks like the poles were already leaning ... all that was needed was one of them to go to take down the lot.

Streetview 2018

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That is the Keystone effect in the photograph, notice the buildings are "leaning" too.

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I considered that, but the poles are also leaning relative to the buildings when you look from different angles where the lens of the googlemobile wouldn't have such effects.

LOOK HERE: buildings are straight, pole in background is straight, two poles are leaning.

I have also biked this street in recent memory ... these poles were not in good shape.

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We have had some early season freeze-thaw action - perhaps that loosened the earth around the poles?

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It's MOLE PEOPLE!

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