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UPDATE: As of 7:49 p.m., Caltrans reported via Twitter that Ortega Highway is expected to remain closed in both directions between Reata Road and Shadetree Lane until midnight.
Two-lane portion of Ortega Highway, just west of Antonio Parkway, closed due to downed telephone pole until midnight tonight pic.twitter.com/z3ehWxm2Th
— Caltrans District 12 (@Caltrans12) June 21, 2017
Caltrans District 12 officials reported around 3:40 p.m. that all lanes were blocked on Ortega Highway just west of Antonio Parkway after a car collided with a telephone pole.
As of 4:14 p.m., Caltrans said via Twitter that it may take up to four more hours until Ortega Highway can be reopened to traffic. Commuters can still access Ortega Highway off of Interstate 5 by taking Crown Valley Parkway to Antontio Parkway.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Lane Lagaret clarified that it was a utility truck that hit the power pole, and the collision did not result in any injuries.