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Downed Power Lines Stalls Traffic, Stops BART, Flares Tempers

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BART patrons took to their cars in Lafayette after a service disruption Thursday. Photo: David Cervenka

A pair of PG&E power lines were brought down by a falling tree limb in Walnut Creek Thursday, energizing a nearby fence, scorching landscaping and plopping squarely across the BART tracks for their big finale – shutting down BART between Lafayette and Pleasant Hill.

Buses were called up to help ease the pain for mass transit riders caught between the affected stations as PG&E workers rushed to de-energize charged lines in the area of 2735 N. Main St. and unwrap them from the undercarriage of at least one train.

The lines came down a little after 6 p.m.  Walnut Creek police quickly advised BART officials to shut down between Lafayette and Concord after it became clear they were still “hot.” A bus bridge was put in play but by then the damage was done.

Workers completed repairs to the line by 8:45 p.m. Thousands of frustrated riders, pushed to the limit of their endurance by high temperatures and at least one mendicant, aired their frustration via social media.

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  1. Had no idea this was going on. Wind up driving near the Lafayette BART station. What a mess and a mistake.

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