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Burning power pole causes wires to fall across I-90 near downtown Spokane on Monday

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Traffic comes to a standstill on Interstate 90 on September 18, 2017 near downtown Spokane after a power pole fire next to the freeway forced the Washington State Patrol to shutdown both the east and westbound lanes. (Spokane Regional Traffic Management Center)
Traffic comes to a standstill on Interstate 90 on September 18, 2017 near downtown Spokane after a power pole fire next to the freeway forced the Washington State Patrol to shutdown both the east and westbound lanes. (Spokane Regional Traffic Management Center)
From staff reports

A power pole along Interstate 90 caught fire Monday and caused powerlines to fall onto the highway near the Hamilton exit near downtown Spokane.

The interstate was closed in both directions before 3 p.m. as emergency crews and Avista workers worked to safely clear the highway.

The incident created traffic jams along the highway and side streets during the late afternoon and early evening commute.

Interstate 90 was set to be temporarily closed Monday night as Avista crews make repairs.

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