710 Freeway in East Los Angeles shut down due to downed power lines

EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The 710 Freeway in East Los Angeles was shut down in both directions due to downed power lines Saturday, according to authorities.

A Sigalert was issued at approximately 5:05 p.m. after an excavator collided with power lines, causing the lines to fall onto the roadway at Whittier Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A vehicle on the northbound lanes then collided with the power lines, according to CHP. Both occupants were transported with minor injuries.

Lanes will remain blocked until approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, CHP said.

Traffic going northbound was diverted to the 5 Freeway and southbound traffic was diverted to the 60 Freeway.

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