Sacto 9-1-1
August 4, 2011
Folsom Boulevard back open after downed power lines disrupt traffic

A construction worker brought down overhead electrical lines in Rancho Cordova, temporarily closing a stretch of Folsom Boulevard this morning.

The worker was stranded in his backhoe rig for about a hour after accidentally shearing off a power pole about 3 a.m. at Aramon Drive between Zinfandel Drive and Coloma Road. Sacramento Municipal Utility District crews responded to the scene. By 6 a.m. only a handful of customers were still without power.

The California Highway Patrol said one lane of traffic was open in both directions. However, later today the road would have to be closed to replace the sheared-off pole.

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