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.