710 back open after power line falls

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COMMERCE, Calif. (AP) – An electrical line fell onto the busy Interstate 710 freeway Monday morning, closing all lanes for more than an hour and jamming traffic for miles while knocking out power to about 1,600 customers, authorities said.

The low-hanging line was reported at about 7:15 a.m. in Commerce, east of downtown Los Angeles.

It either was snagged by or hit a big-rig truck and caught on the container the truck was hauling.

The downed line caused some grass and brush on the side of the freeway to smolder, but there was no major fire and no injuries were reported, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

About 1,600 Southern California Edison customers lost electrical power for more than 1 1/2 hours, spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre said.

The freeway is a main truck route to and from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and also connects with Interstate 5, a main route between Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The accident happened away from off-ramps, and miles of cars and trucks were stuck. TV news reports showed drivers leaving their cars and walking on the road. A line of motorists stopped to snap cellphone photos of the downed line as a worker began cutting the line.

The roadway reopened after more than an hour.

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