UPDATE: Two vehicles hit by electric cables near Zoo Interchange
WAUWATOSA -- Traffic on I-94 West at 84th St. was temporarily diverted after electrical wires began to sag over the highway. The Department of Transportation says all lanes on I-94 West are reopened.
American Transmission issued the following release:
"American Transmission Equipment spokeswoman Anne Spaltholz said that today they are in the process of relocating poles and wires to accommodate DOT work in area. This started in June and will probably go on for another 18 months.
They are making new single pole structures and a taking down old ones. This afternoon, which is work that they've been doing for a couple of weeks, they were pulling new wires through new structure when there was an equipment failure.
On one end of the pole wires began sagging and did come in contact with a couple of cars. These were not live wires. There was some damage to cars, but no one was injured. American Transmission has safety precautions in place while doing work which includes contracting with Sheriff's Office and having 5 sheriff vehicles on side of road to ensure public safety.
As soon as wire sagged sheriff deputies shutdown traffic and allowed crews to remove wire and then reopened traffic. From start to finish incident lasted about 15 minutes. Today's work was suspended so American Transmission could investigate what went wrong."