Chain Reaction Crash Knocks Out Power to Thousands

POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:26pm

A multi-car wreck on I-10 snarled traffic and knocked out power to thousands in East El Paso on Tuesday.
Around 11:20 a.m. police say a construction crew working on Gateway West between Viscount and Hawkins hit an overhead cable that stretched across the interstate.
The cable fell into oncoming traffic.
Two semi trucks then slammed into it, tearing down two power polls it was connected two.
Police say at total of 11 vehicles, including a motor home, were involved in several chain reaction crashes on both sides of the freeway.
Traffic quickly backed up for miles as police closed down west bound lanes and the Gateway.
El Paso electric says nearly 5,000 customers lost power in the area.
It took crews about an hour to restore electricity.
Despite all the damage, police say no one was seriously hurt.

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