Downed Wires Cause Fires, Snarled Traffic; 400+ Customers Without Electricity for Several Hours

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Downed wires burned  along The Great Road – Image (c) Bedford Fire Department, 2019 all rights reserved

Downed wires caused a major traffic mess in Bedford on Tuesday afternoon, and more than 400 Eversource customers were without electricity.

The Great Road was closed between Shawsheen and Brooksbie Roads for several hours due to a downed wire just west of the entrance to the Bedford Shopping Center. It reopened to traffic just after 6 pm, although Wiggins Avenue remained closed at 6:45 pm.

A fire truck blocked Wiggins Avenue due to a brush fire caused by a downed wire on Tuesday afternoon – Image (c) Bedford Fire Department 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

A nearly simultaneous downed wire caused a brush fire and the closure of Wiggins Avenue.

Bedford Police and Fire diverted traffic and urged caution, warning drivers and residents to stay clear of downed wires.


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