Crane Accidents

Downed Power Lines Close Highway 101

12/13/97

Redwood City, California

Highway 101 was shut down for about an hour yesterday after a crane on a construction truck caught several power lines, causing them to fall across the freeway.

The accident happened at about noon when the crane, which had a boom extended, struck three of six power lines crossing the freeway between the Holly Street and Whipple Avenue exits, said Pacific Gas and Electric spokeswoman Mary Rodrigues.

About 13,000 PG&E customers in Redwood City, San Carlos and Belmont lost power because of the accident. By 5:30 p.m., power had been restored to all of the customers, a PG&E spokesman said.

The California Highway Patrol also had to divert traffic toward Whipple Avenue while crews removed the wires. The highway was reopened before 1 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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