Downed Wires Have Intersection Closed (VIDEO)

Miramonte Avenue was shut down shortly before 1 p.m.

Updated 7:00 p.m.

Almost six hours after a big rig truck snagged a low cable wire causing the wires to fall, the intersection of Castro Street, Miramonte Avenue and Marilyn Drives are mostly open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Only the corner of Miramonte Avenue and Eichler Drive remained closed.

Updated 4:15 p.m.

Intersection of Miramonte Avenue, Castro Street and Marilyn Drive remain closed as crews wait for the go ahead from a PG&E supervisor to prop up leaning cable wire pole. Currently, two cable wires dangle inches from the ground and a wrong move could bring down a connecting power line pole, a PG&E worker on the scene explained. "That could take down power to half of Mountain View," he said.

While pick-up of Graham School student moved along smoothly, rush hour commuters now begin their drive home and Miramonte Avenue is a popular thoroughfare that connects Mountain View to Los Altos.

Updated at 3:15 p.m.

Comcast and PG&E crews continue to work on sturdying up an electrical pole weighed down by the hanging cable wires. Police officers on the scene continue to direct traffic away from the intersection, though many commuters and parents have verbally expressed their frustration about the situation.

"Why don't you put signs up," yelled one woman from her car. "Now I'm late to pick up my child from daycare."

Another used profanity toward a police officer.

However most parents and kids seem to just roll with the slight inconvenience.

Updated at  2:15 p.m.

Mountain View fire spokeswoman Jaime Garrett said a delivery truck snagged cable and telephone wires. No one was injured, and Comcast and AT&T have been notified, she said.

"Both of the agencies are on scene and working to get the lines repaired and out of the street," Garrett said around 1:50 p.m.She said traffic is backed up in the area and is about to get worse when nearby Graham Middle School lets out.

She advised parents picking up their children to follow directions given by police and firefighters.

"Pay special attention and drive slowly," she said.


Both directions of a major intersection in town are closed this afternoon because cable wires have fallen onto the roadway, according to Mountain View police.

A vehicle knocked down the wires around 12:45 p.m., shutting down both directions of Miramonte Avenue at Castro Street, police said.

Comcast crews were called, and told police just after 1 p.m. that the intersection would likely need to remain closed for about two more hours for repairs, according to police.

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jack mioff December 11, 2012 at 02:37 AM


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