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Downed power lines halt Highway 170 traffic


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - South Highway 170 traffic was shut down several hours Tuesday after a car struck a power pole and live lines fell across the roadway.Highway 170 was closed several hours Tuesday after a car struck and snapped a power pole and energized lines fell across the road near Alder Creek Lane about 4:30 p.m..

The arcing power lines damaged the roadway and started a grass fire that could not be put out until PGE crews shut off the electricity, the Canby Fire District said.

The highway was shut down while firefighters extinguished the fire and PGE crews replaced the pole.

The occupants of the car that struck the pole were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

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