WOODSIDE -- Nearly 8,000 customers were without power after a power line collapsed Thursday afternoon and subsequently caused a brush fire near a busy freeway, according to PG&E.
The outage, which affected a majority of Woodside including sections of Interstate 280 as well as parts of Menlo Park, was reported around 3:30 p.m. PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said service was restored to all but 36 customers by 7:30 p.m., and that power was expected to be restored to all customers by around 8 p.m.
According to Guidi, a tree fell on the power line, which led to the outage.
Officers from the California Highway Patrol were on scene along northbound Interstate 280 at Farm Hill Boulevard to help traffic control after sparks from the power line lit some nearby vegetation and trees on fire. That fire has since been controlled.
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