Fallen utility lines snarl I-84 morning commute

Fallen utility lines snarl I-84 morning commute

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 3:12 AM

PORTLAND -- Several downed utility lines fell across Interstate 84 at Northeast 125th Avenue Tuesday morning, temporarily blocking all lanes in both directions, officials said.

"A boom on a truck in the eastbound lanes pulled utility lines down," said Oregon Department of transportation spokesman Don Hamilton at about 10:15 a.m. "The lines cross all eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway."

Utility companies responded to the scene to evaluate the damage. Two eastbound lanes were opened at about 10:45 and the remaining lanes reopened shortly afterward.

But eastbound traffic was still extremely slow all the way back to Interstate 5 and westbound traffic was backed up to Fairview Parkway until almost 11:30 a.m.

Photos: Downed utility lines black I-84

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