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Downed lines block traffic on 14 Freeway in Newhall Pass

November 20, 2012 | 11:18 am

Approximate location of traffic disruption shown in blue.

Traffic on the 14 Freeway in the Newhall Pass was disrupted Tuesday when telephone lines fell across lanes on both sides of the road, said California Highway Patrol officials.

Northbound lanes were closed at the Interstate 5 interchange, and southbound traffic was slowed at Newhall Avenue, according to a Sigalert advisory.

Although the advisory described the downed wires as power lines, a spokeswoman at the CHP's Newhall office described them as telephone wires. It was unclear whether the lines were knocked down because of a traffic accident, she said.

"They should be cleared shortly," she said a little before 11 a.m. The lines were reported down at 10:40 a.m. Traffic was being diverted to Sierra Highway.

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Map: Approximate location of traffic disruption shown in blue. Credit: Google Maps

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