FERNDALE, Wash. — About 12:50pm today, May 28th, first responders were dispatched to a report of lines down just east of I-5 on Main Street in Ferndale.
About the same time, over 1,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in Ferndale lost power and electronic traffic signals went dark along Main Street east of the Nooksack River.
According to people at the scene, a semi-truck heading northbound on Barrett Road snagged a power line which caused a chain reaction along the line causing at least 1 pole to collapse dropping power lines across Main Street.
There were people inside 2 vehicles that were trapped by what were considered live power lines until Puget Sound Energy crews were able to come onsite and ensure power to the lines was off.
As of 1:30pm eastbound traffic was being detoured onto the northbound I-5 on-ramp and westbound was being turned around at the Pilot Travel Center.
Cellular service was also reportedly impacted in the nearby area.
As of 2:15pm, PSE estimated it would be 7pm before power would be restored.
By 2:30pm, more than half of the impacted PSE customers saw power restored. But over 400 remained without power with the 7pm estimate still in place.
As of 2:30pm, the electronic traffic signals west of the I-5 interchange saw power restored but the on- and off-ramp signals on both sides of the interchange remained without power and Main Street remained closed east of the interchange.
As of 7pm, the PSE estimate for restoring power is 11pm. The road remains closed.
This is a breaking story that will be updated as more information becomes available