The northbound and southland lanes of the Long Beach (710) Freeway were re-opened Sunday morning in East Los Angeles after utility lines were pulled down onto vehicles by construction equipment and two people suffered minor injuries.
A little after 5:05 p.m. Saturday, a Caltrans subcontractor operating an Excavator on the southbound lanes, south of Whittier Boulevard, within a construction zone, collided with power lines that run over northbound and southbound lanes of the freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The power lines were knocked down onto the roadway and a Honda CR-V going northbound struck the downed lines. Both the occupants inside the car, a 48-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.
Southern California Edison initially reported 254 customers were without power as a result of the traffic accident, said utility spokesman Paul Netter. Crews were able to restore electricity to 112 customers and hoped to have power to the remaining 142 restored by 4 p.m. Sunday, Netter said.
A Sigalert issued at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the northbound and southbound lanes at Whittier Boulevard was canceled at 2:35 a.m., the CHP said.