Burning Wires Cause Lane Restrictions on Rt. 70

By David Chang
|  Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014  |  Updated 4:27 AM EDT
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Downed wires on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Cuthbert Boulevard, led to a major backup. As of 11:00pm Tuesday night, one lane was getting by in each direction. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez raced to the scene to report on the latest developments.

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Downed wires on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Cuthbert Boulevard, led to a major backup. As of 11:00pm Tuesday night, one lane was getting by in each direction. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez raced to the scene to report on the latest developments.

Downed wires caught fire on Route 70 in Cherry Hill Township, NJ Tuesday night, causing a major traffic backup.

SkyForce10 captured the downed wires across all six lanes on Route 70 near Cuthbert Boulevard Tuesday night. The sparking wires caused flames to spread in one of the lanes.

About 2,700 customers also lost power due to the downed wires. Their power has since been restored.

Route 70 was shut down in both directions for over an hour.

Shortly before 11 p.m., one eastbound lane and one westbound lane reopened. However, according to Township officials, lane restrictions will remain in both directions overnight into Wednesday morning as crews continue to work on repairs.

Police are urging drivers to seek alternate routes until the roadway is completely reopened.

No injuries have been reported.

Police are still investigating what caused the wires to fall.
 

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