CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. — Update:
Roads have reopened on Antelope Road in all directions, according to Sgt. William Dunning of the Citrus Heights Police Department.
However, internet appears to still be out for some users Tuesday morning after utility lines went down in the area. Dunning did not say what caused the lines to fall on Monday evening.
Downed utility lines have shut down both eastbound and westbound lanes of Antelope Road in Citrus Heights, Monday evening.
The lines also caused police to close the on and off-ramps to Interstate 80 in the area, Citrus Heights Police said. The pole belongs to Xfinity/Comcast, causing a massive outage to internet service and phone lines in the Sacramento area.
“Phone lines are down, internet’s down, it’s bad,” said Jordan Hordesky.
Hordesky was on his break at Luxury Fades off Antelope Drive when he said he saw a semi-truck driver hauling heavy equipment.
Authorities have not said what caused the lines to fall but Hordesky said the truck was too tall to drive beneath the utility lines.
“It was just way too high up in the air, you know what I mean,” asked Hordesky. “So, it grabbed onto one of the wires up there and pretty much just pulled everything down.”
The heavy wires fell across the street, witnesses say sparking and damaging cars moving below.
The downed lines didn’t just affect the roadway, Hordesky said it impacted businesses too. The downed lines knocked out any lines of communication.
“We had to cancel all our hair appointments,” said Hordesky.
Antelope Road is expected to remain closed indefinitely, between I-80 and Tupelo Drive, while crews work the scene.
Original article by Matthew Nuttle
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