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Commuter Beware: Downed Power Lines Shut Down 405 Freeway in Both Directions Near Fountain Valley

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Downed power lines have completely shut down traffic on the 405 in both directions near Fountain Valley at the Magnolia Street exit.

The lines came down around 2:45 pm and officials from CHP hope to open it up again by 4:30 pm, according to City News Service. There have been no reported injuries so far, however, the lines did cause car accidents on both sides of the freeway.

The CHP incident log makes it sound like a mess with cars near the scene turning around and going the wrong direction in the hopes of getting off. Traffic is backed up to Garden Grove to the north and Costa Mesa to the south.

There are few details, and it's not clear why the power lines came down. Firefighters from Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and the Orange County Fire Authority were on the scene.