Snapped utility pole closes I-64/40 for hours; cleanup complete

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) -- Interstate 64 through midtown St. Louis is reopen after repairs to a snapped utility pole and dangling power lines. I-64/Highway 40 was shut down in both directions around 8:00am Tuesday  between S. Vandeventer and Forest Park Parkway. According to the St. Louis Fire Department, a utility pole snapped and power lines were hanging over the road. Smoke could be seen coming from the broken pole.

Ameren crews rushed to the scene to fix the problem. After a brief reopening to traffic around 10:30am, MoDOT decided to close the interstate again around 11:30am to allow for more utility repairs. The highway fully reopened around 1pm.

MetroLink trains were unable to operate between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Union Station MetroLink Stations due to the power issues. Shuttles transported passengers by bus along that stretch. Service in the area was restored just before 3:00pm.

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