Brush fire, power line traps people in car

December 23, 2008 11:47:47 PM PST
A brush fire shut down all lanes of Highway 101 in Mountain View on Tuesday night. The fire also brought down several power lines which landed on top of a couple's car, trapping them in the car for hours.

Both directions of Highway 101 reopened before 11 p.m., but that was after a couple's harrowing ordeal was over. The couple was trapped inside their car for more than two hours between the Moffitt and Shoreline exits.

A power line fell on top of their car as they were driving south and they remained in their car until help arrived. The power line that fell collapsed due to a brush fire that started on the side of the freeway.

Firefighters saw the whole thing unfold and they were the ones that told the couple in the car to stay put because no one knew if the power line was live or not.

Firefighters called PG&E and it took them a little while to assess the situation, but the line was finally cleared and the couple was able to safely drive away.

It was a happy ending to what must have been a scary situation to the driver and his passenger.

As for Highway 101 all lanes are now clear.


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