Monday, September 2, 2019

Crash Closes Down Broadway

Posted By on Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 1:44 PM

click to enlarge Scene of the crash on Broadway. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Scene of the crash on Broadway.
A little after 1 p.m., a driver lost control of his vehicle on Broadway near Seventh Street. His vehicle struck a power pole shearing it off at the base and dropping a live line across Broadway.

Northbound lanes are being diverted at West Grant Street and southbound lanes are being diverted at West Washington Street. The driver was not injured.

Read the Humboldt Bay Fire release below:
On 09/02/19 at 1:04 P.M. Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a traffic collision with a report of power lines down. Upon arrival, Eureka Police and Humboldt Bay Fire units found a vehicle had collided with a utility pole on the northbound side of Broadway near 900 Block of Broadway. The utility pole was sheered off and laying in the roadway. Power lines were hanging across Broadway and presenting a significant hazard as they were still connected on both sides of the street. There were numerous bystanders stepping over and standing on the lines. Humboldt Bay Fire personnel and Eureka Police Officers secured a perimeter around the downed lines and shut down Broadway in both directions due to the potential threat from the damaged lines. Police and fire personnel located the driver of the involved vehicle and ensured he was uninjured.

Pacific Gas and Electric was contacted and quickly responded to the scene. Pacific Gas and Electric personnel were able to de-energize the lines and remove the damaged pole and lines from the roadway. Broadway was re-opened after being closed for about 45 minutes

Humboldt Bay Fire wants to caution people to stay away from down power poles and lines. Although the lines may appear de-energized, never approach a downed line. We were very fortunate to not have anyone injured by their contact with the lines today. We also want to thank Pacific Gas and Electric for their quick response to the scene.
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