Arlington

Columbia Pike Reopens Monday Afternoon After Live Wires Fall Onto Road

A tree brought down live wires onto Arlington's busy Columbia Pike early this morning, closing down the route for hours.

Columbia Pike reopened around 1 p.m., after spending the morning closed in both directions between S. Dinwiddie and S. Jefferson streets. Repairs took several hours as crews dealt with a tangled mess of wires and tree limbs.

"Around 3:30 or 4 a.m., I just heard a big pop," said a nearby resident.

The tree snapped a utility pole, taking down power lines and a transformer. Live wires fell onto the road, especially dangerous in the dark early-morning hours.

Crews reopened the roadway reopened by 1 p.m.

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