HERCULES -- All lanes of eastbound Highway 4 reopened about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after being shut down 12 hours for emergency repair work on a power line downed by a one-car crash Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The fiery wreck, which consumed a white Chevy Impala in flames after the people inside it escaped, created havoc on the highway after it happened near Franklin Canyon Golf Course at 2:30 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer John Carman said.
Three 12,000-volt power lines fell across the eastbound lanes, Carman said.
Information on the number of people in the car was not immediately available.
About 36 people were without power in Hercules because of an outage caused by the wreck, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. All but 15 of those customers had their power restored by 8 p.m., and ongoing repairs were expected to keep those people in the dark until at least 3 a.m.
Crews from AT&T brought a new pole to the scene and replaced it, Sarkissian said. AT&T and Comcast were scheduled to restring their lines, and PG&E planned to make repairs to its lines afterward, Sarkissian said.
One lane reopened about 11 p.m., the CHP said.
The crash also caused a small grass fire, which was quickly extinguished by firefighters from the Rodeo-Hercules and Pinole fire departments. No one was injured.