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Freeway Closed for Check of Power Lines

October 06, 1994

GARDEN GROVE — Authorities closed a short stretch of the Garden Grove Freeway on Wednesday to check overhead power lines that reportedly produced sparks when a truck passed underneath.

Officials said an inspection found no problems with the wires, and the freeway was reopened 40 minutes later.

A spokesman for Southern California Edison said two overhead wires may have touched and sparked when a power pole near the freeway was accidentally jostled by a heavy truck. The resulting short circuit briefly knocked out power to about 2,500 customers, said area manager Brad Martin.

There were no injuries. A motorist reported seeing sparks along the overhanging line when the truck passed beneath. Traffic was diverted onto surface streets at Harbor Boulevard until 1:20 p.m., said California Highway Patrol officer Joan Rivas.

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