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Falling power line backs up traffic for miles on I-215

A drooping power line halted freeway traffic in Salt Lake County on Monday afternoon.
A drooping power line halted freeway traffic in Salt Lake County on Monday afternoon.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A drooping power line halted freeway traffic Monday afternoon.

The power line came down along I-215 near Redwood Road shortly before 5 p.m. The power line also sparked a small fire, causing additional concern, the Utah Department of Transportation reported.

All lanes of traffic in both directions were blocked, backing up traffic for miles as drivers were diverted off the freeway and onto Redwood Road.

Traffic in both directions reopened about 6:40 p.m., according to UDOT, though significant delays remained as the freeway got moving again. Drivers were cautioned to beware of Rocky Mountain Power crews working along the road shoulder.

— McKenzie Romero