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City investigating after snow hits support arm for Milwaukee's streetcar system

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee is investigating its first issue with the new Streetcar system. 

Witnesses say heavy snow and ice came off the 794 overpass Wednesday night and hit a support arm for "The Hop."

The streetcar operator tells CBS 58 it looks like that caused part of the wire system to become loose. It happened at Broadway and Clybourn. 

A wire was left dangling on a pole about 13 feet off the ground but it was not energized yet. 

"It was under construction so that's a good thing. In another regard, in a practical sense, it was a drill for us. In reality, everything came together as it's supposed to," said Darryll Simpson, Streetcar System Manager. 

The city will now investigate the overall design and how the weather played a role. 

Testing on the tracks is now underway. The second streetcar vehicle is expected to arrive in Milwaukee in May. 


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