An 18-wheeler traveling on I-44 snagged a sagging power line that caused traffic problems and power outages in western Greene County.
It happened when the tractor trailer going westbound on I-44 struck a sagging electric transmission line at about the 67 mile marker.
Parts of the interstate were then blocked as crews cleared the scene following the truck turning on its side after snagging the line.
The pulled transmission line then led to over 50 poles being damaged and power lines falling over a 7 mile distance.
Traffic was blocked from the damage on highway 266, I-44, James River Freeway, and several farm and side roads between highway 266 and the John Twitty Energy Center.
While the main roads are now open, there are detours in place on the secondary roads until the structure is safely removed.
The downed lines have resulted in more than 6,500 people without power in the western portion of the City Utilities electric service area.
At this time Joel Alexander from City Utilities says they hope to have service restored by early afternoon.
Extra crews are being brought in to work on repairs and to determine a cause.