A crane moving concrete barriers in the construction zone on State Route 99, near Highway 145 and the Madera Avenue overpass, struck and snapped high voltage electrical power supply lines about 9:15 Thursday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.
No collisions or injuries were reported.
The arcing, flashing power lines fell across both north and southbound lanes of SR 99 bringing traffic in both directions to a standstill, as the surrounding business and residential areas went dark. Several small spot grassfires erupted on the road sides from the sparking power lines.
Officers said the crane operator was moving the heavy barriers, known as K-rails, as part of the routine after-dark construction effort to redirect the traffic lanes, and the operator was not injured when the crane contacted the live wires...