Illinois 3 closed after crash causes downed power lines
Police have reopened Illinois 3 in Cahokia after it was closed for several hours after a car and a van hit a low-hanging power line on Friday afternoon.
The northbound and southbound lanes of the highway were closed from Ruby to Stolle Road, the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported.
Herb Simmons, director of the agency, said that when the power lines were struck, several utility poles were damaged.
The agency reported early Saturday that the highway had reopened.
Ameren spokeswoman Kelly Hendrickson said the sagging line had been caused by a broken cross arm on a transmission line pole.
Since the lines damaged were from a transmission line, Ameren was able to quickly reroute power to the area and there was not a power outage caused by the collision.
No injuries were reported.
Along with the Cahokia Police Department, firefighters from Cahokia and Prairie DuPont responded to the accident site.