BRINNON — Downed power lines blocked traffic for several hours Wednesday afternoon along U.S. Highway 101 at milepost 302 between Brinnon and Quilcene.
A collision at 12:26 p.m. Wednesday in the northbound lane near Spencer Creek Road had the highway closed in both directions until about 2:25 p.m., when the roadway had reopened to alternating traffic.
Mason County Public Utility District 1 was expected to work into the early evening to finish repairs to the power poles and lines to reopen the road.
The collision is believed to have been caused by an over-heighth vehicle that drove through and pulled power lines down, said Brinnon Fire Chief Tim Manly in a Facebook post. A semi-truck following the other driver got caught in the downed lines, he added.
Brinnon Fire Department, Mason County Public Utility District 1 and State Patrol responded to the scene, Manly said.
The road was expected to be reopened in both directions and power restored to customers in the Beacon Point area by early Wednesday evening, Mason PUD said in tweet posted at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The incident created no outages in East Jefferson County, according to Will O’Donnell, communications director of Jefferson County PUD.