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ISP: Downed Power Lines Caused Temporary I-70 Closure

INDIANAPOLIS–Downed power lines caused a closure of Interstate 70 in both directions near Rural Street and Keystone Avenue east of downtown Indianapolis Thursday morning.

“An excavator was working in a construction zone and struck some power lines and knocked them down across the entire interstate. Certainly, it wasn’t on purpose. He had the boom up to high on the excavator and got into the power lines,” said Indiana State Police Sergeant John Perrine.

One person driving a car then hit the power lines that were on the interstate.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the interstate did have to close because those were live power lines laying on the ground,” said Perrine.

It took police and other emergency personnel about an hour to clean up the power lines and other debris. The crash happened around 7:30 and the interstate reopened at about 8:30.

LISTEN: Full interview with John Perrine

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