Shortly before 5 p.m., a driver lost control of his car in the heavy ran and crashed into a utility pole.
When crews attempted to remove the car, the wiring lost tension and caused a “chain reaction,” leading to the collapse of several other utility poles, according to police.
“The driver suffered minor injuries and was treated on-scene,” Herndon Police Department spokesperson Lisa Herndon told FFXnow.
Police advised drivers to avoid the area around Herndon Parkway and Palmer Drive, as the road closure was expected to last into this afternoon (Thursday). The parkway’s outer loop was closed at Elden Street, with traffic in both directions being diverted there.
A flagger to escort residents who need access to their homes has been positioned outside the Capital One Bank at the Herndon Parkway and Elden intersection.
UPDATE: Expect a lengthy closure as crews work to clear power lines from the roadway. Updates as available. #HerndonPD
— Herndon Police (@HerndonPolice) August 10, 2022
Photo via Herndon Police/Twitter
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