The northbound and southbound lanes of the Long Beach (710) Freeway were shut down Saturday in East Los Angeles after utility lines were pulled down onto vehicles by construction equipment, authorities said.

The freeway was shut down at Whittier Boulevard with northbound traffic diverting to the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and southbound traffic exiting at the Pomona (60) Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said.

The incident was first reported at 5:09 p.m. when a reporting party told the CHP cables came down from somewhere and hit their car, the CHP said.

A SigAlert was issued at 5:30 p.m. for the northbound and southbound lanes at Whittier Boulevard.

Witnesses reported construction equipment was tangled in the wires and that the construction equipment had caused poles to fall, the CHP said.

Southern California Edison reported 142 customers were without power as a result of the traffic accident and estimated service would be restored about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Caltrans district 7 estimated the 710 Freeway would reopen about 3 a.m.

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