One of several big rigs hauling portable classrooms tore down utility lines early Wednesday, shutting down the busy Highway 880 on and off ramps at Stevens Creek Blvd., authorities said.
It all started at 6:30 a.m., San Jose police said, when one of the trucks hit the power lines attached to the traffic lights, knocking them down and draping the lines across Stevens Creek and the on and off-ramps to Highway 880.
“We weren't expecting any trouble because all of the other trucks exactly the same height as this one went through the intersection no problem and all,” said Ron Holcomb, who was driving the pilot car. “A sudden there was a loud crash and the telephone pole and lights came down…and made a big mess.”
Police immediately shut down Stevens Creek in both directions from Monroe to Disalvo, causing a backup of morning commuters.
“We're working to get the traffic back on to the road and that's not going to happen until we can get the traffic signals working,” San Jose Police Sgt. Khanh Nguyen.
The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash. The closures were expected to remain in effect until about 5 p.m.
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