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Fallen tree cleared, PCH reopens

August 24, 2009 9:49:48 AM PDT
Pacific Coast Highway was shut down in Pacific Palisades on Monday because of a fallen tree.A tree reportedly fell on a Metro bus and some power lines on PCH near Chautaqua Boulevard at about 8 a.m., knocking out electrical service to about 1,200 customers.

PCH was shut down in both directions between Chautaqua and Temescal Canyon Road. Traffic was diverted away from PCH and on to the streets of Pacific Palisades and the Westside of L.A.

"Coming down, yeah maybe it was another 20 minutes but we weren't in a hurry so no big deal," said beachgoer Danny Markoe. "But usually I don't leave to go to the beach until 11 or 12 o'clock so I don't have to hit traffic. So on the freeway it was great."

Caltrans and LADWP worked to hours to get the road cleared and electrical service back up. PCH was reopened just after 2 p.m.

No one was injured by the incident.

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