Fallen wires cause traffic chaos at Albion Park Rail

Picture: NSW RFS Illawarra District, Facebook
Picture: NSW RFS Illawarra District, Facebook

1.40pm: All lanes on the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail have been reopened after downed power lines shut the road and caused traffic chaos earlier Friday.

The fallen wires have been removed. 

Traffic remains heavy with northbound traffic queued back to New Lake Entrance Road and southbound traffic queued more than six kilometres back onto the M1 Princes Motorway.

Earlier: Downed power lines are causing traffic chaos at Albion Park Rail on the Princes Highway. 

Lines near Hargraves Avenue, opposite a 7-Eleven service station, were brought down about 12.10pm.

The Mercury undertands the low voltage lines were pulled down by a passing truck. 

A crane had straightened up the damaged power pole as at 12.35pm, allowing one lane of traffic to flow in each direction. All lanes on the Princes Highway were closed earlier.

The Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW resources are blocking the middle lanes and wires are drooping overhead. 

Emergency services and the utility company are now responding. 

Traffic is queued two to three kilometres in both directions. 

Endeavor Energy has arrived to deal with the still-live power lines. 

Southbound traffic is particularly heavy as at 1.15pm, stretching almost to Emerson Road.  

Motorists are advised to avoid the area. 

More to come