Highway 49 reopens after crews clear fallen power line - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Highway 49 reopens after crews clear fallen power line

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - All lanes of Highway 49 in Rankin County re-opened just in time for the morning commute after officials cleared a downed power line Tuesday.

Richland police shut down both the Northbound and Southbound lanes in the 400 block of the highway just before 4 A.M. That's in the Industrial Park area, near Fed-Ex and the drivers license station.

Officials said the top of a power pole broke in half, causing a line to fall across the highway. Nearly 130 customers were without power for a short time.

The highway was shut down for nearly 3 hours, while Entergy officials worked to remove the line, causing an early morning traffic back-up.

"I have a stop in Hattiesburg, and then I have to come back to Jackson, so since I've been sitting over here for an hour and a half, and it's eating up my time. It doesn't help me because I get paid by the mile, I don't get paid by the hour," said James King, a truck driver for Toys "R" Us.

No one was injured and power had been restored to all but 12 customers by 5:40 AM. All customers had power by noon. No word on why the power pole broke.

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