PennDOT Truck Downs Wires Snarls Traffic Along U.S. Route 202 in Chester County | NBC 10 Philadelphia

PennDOT Truck Downs Wires Snarls Traffic Along U.S. Route 202 in Chester County

NBC10's Matt DeLucia reports from Malvern, Pennsylvania where downed wires stopped traffic on U.S. Route 202 Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016)

Downed wires caused by a PennDOT truck blocked both directions of one of Chester County’s busiest roads for more than an hour during a wet Tuesday morning commute.

Wires wound up across U.S. Route 202 near Swedesford Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania shortly after 6 a.m. causing traffic to back up back to S Morehall Road (Route 29). The downed wires aren't far from Penn State's Great Valley campus that was set to open at 10 a.m. and the Vanguard campus.

Motorists were urged to avoid the area if at all possible. U.S. Route 30 served as an alternate route until the roadway was cleared around 7:10 a.m.

PECO reported around 600 customers in the area without power as of 7 a.m.

A PennDOT truck struck the line causing the traffic troubles, said county officials.

No one was hurt.

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