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UPDATE: U.S. 52 at Chesapeake Bypass Open

UPDATE 11/2/13 @ 9:15 a.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Dispatchers say U.S. 52 at the Chesapeake bypass is reopen.

It was closed Friday after a utility pole and power lines fell during Thursday night's storm.



UPDATE 11/1/13 @ 11 a.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Dispatchers say U.S. 52 at the Chesapeake bypass will be closed until at least 8 p.m. Friday evening after a utility pole and power lines fell during the storm overnight.

This is in the area of Route 7.

Drivers are asked to detour via US 52 East and the 17th Street (Nick Rahall) Bridge at Huntington, and the 6th Street (SR 527/Robert Byrd) Bridge in Huntington to SR 7/SR 527 at Chesapeake.

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UPDATE 11/1/13 @ 9:50 a.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- State Route 7 in Lawrence County has been closed due to a downed utility pole and power lines.

The road is closed at County Road 124 (Tallow Ridge Road), just east of Chesapeake. 911 dispatchers says this is in the area of U.S. 52 at the Chesapeake bypass.

The lines came down following storms and high winds overnight.

ODOT says SR7 is expected to be closed most of the morning, and early afternoon, while crews work to make repairs and restore the lines.

Drivers are asked to detour via US 52 East and the 17th Street (Nick Rahall) Bridge at Huntington, and the 6th Street (SR 527/Robert Byrd) Bridge in Huntington to SR 7/SR 527 at Chesapeake.

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ORIGINAL STORY 11/1/13 @ 7 a.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Severe weather caused a high-tension line to be knocked down in Lawrence County, Ohio early Friday morning, fire crews tell WSAZ.com.

Dispatchers say it happened between Buffalo Creek Road and the 17th Street West bridge between Huntington and Chesapeake.

All westbound vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Tyler Ridge are being blocked.

Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ed Webb says a semi truck ran into that downed line, smashing his windshield.

Webb says the driver couldn't see the line because there were no lights on the road with the power being out.

That truck driver was not hurt.

Traffic is being redirected on County Road 1 in Chesapeake and coming out on Charlie Creek, Webb said.

This has also caused power to go out for homes and businesses in the area.

Webb says it's very rare for a high-tension line to be knocked down.

"It’s really odd that this high-power tension line has dropped,” he said. “We're not sure, we haven't be able to access it. We don't know if a tree did it, if lightning did it, or what."

Power crews are on the scene.

Webb says it could be into mid-morning Friday before the road re-opens, and drivers can expect a bottleneck at the 6th Street bridge in Huntington.


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