Northwest NEWS

April 3, 2000

Valley Special

Cut tree falls into power lines

   A tree-feller working in the area of W. Snoqualmie Valley Road cut a tree that fell into nearby power lines last Friday.

   The lines fell into the road, but remained energized, and the road had to be closed from 5:15 p.m. until almost 6:30 p.m., according to Stu Rowe, spokesman for King County Fire District 45.

   The closure compounded an already serious traffic problem, due to the the NE 124th bridge being replaced. The fire department arrived on the scene and found the energized lines lying across the roadway, and was forced to close the road for public safety until Puget Sound Energy crews could safely remove the lines.

   The man cutting the trees reported that he had been shocked while trying to remove the lines. Fire department personnel evaluated and released him.