Pipe Falls on Vehicles in I-84 Tunnel

The falling debris damaged at least two vehicles.

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:40 PM EDT
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Pipes fell in the tunnel in Hartford this afternoon on I-84 closing down the highway and leaving many people with questions about why it happened.

Ilana Gold, Jon Wardle

Pipes fell in the tunnel in Hartford this afternoon on I-84 closing down the highway and leaving many people with questions about why it happened.

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A pipe holding electrical wires that runs under a highway overpass in Hartford came down  around 12:30 p.m. onThursday and the highway was shut down for a while, according to Judd Everhart, of the state Department of Transportation.

The pipe came down the area of exit 50, affecting both the east and westbound sides of the highway.  The pipe hit at least two vehicles and damaged them, but no one was seriously injured according to state police.

DOT crews are trying to determine how the pipe came down, but they are investigating the possibility that it was struck by a truck, Everhart said.  It was still not clear how the pipe could have been low enough for a truck to come in contact with it, he said.

Interstate 84 was closed for about 10 minutes.
 

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