Downed utility lines crossing Metro Parkway shut down the busy roadway Tuesday morning, diverting traffic down side streets and briefly trapping a North Fort Myers woman in her SUV.
A thick bundle of cables snaked across Metro near Danley Drive at the headquarters for the Chico’s clothing chain. A utility pole shattered on the west side of the multi-lane parkway.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the scene said they had a report of the downed lines, but there was no evidence of why the pole shattered, pulling the lines down. Nearby surveillance video from Chicos and other businesses was being pursued to try and pinpoint a cause for the downed lines.
The Sheriff’s Office did post on Facebook that the downed lines were the result of a vehicle crash but at the scene there were no crashed vehicles.
An SUV driven by Elizeth Lopes was stopped tangled in lines in the middle of Metro.
Lopes told The News-Press that she had been on her way to church when she saw the downed lines but could not stop in time.
“I was driving down to Colonial and then I saw the wires crossing the street and I tried to stop the car, but it was too fast,” she said. “And the wires held my car. There’s a lot of damage along the front and on the right side.”
Lopes, briefly trapped in her vehicle, was not hurt.
“I was the only one in there,” she said, and did not see what caused the downed lines. “No, I haven’t seen, just the wires, when I was like 10 feet from there. As you can see, that pole over there, is cut in half.”
Deputies diverted northbound traffic down Metro Plantation Road or having motorists make U-turns on Metro; southbound traffic was taking either Danley or Idlewild Street.
There was no estimate when the blockage would be cleaned up but a crew from Comcast/Xfinity was on the scene.
No injuries were reported.