I-80 closed in both directions near Newcastle due to downed power lines, fire

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11:15 a.m.

I-80 has reopened in both directions as of 11 a.m., according to Caltrans.

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PLACER COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Interstate 80 is shut down in both directions in Newcastle due to downed power lines.

Authorities said a car crashed into a power pole, sparking a grass fire that has since been contained by fire crews.

Approximately 11,000 customers in the area have lost power due to the crash.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. Thursday.

The California Highway Patrol said I-80 will remain closed for at least the next two hours while PG&E crews work to ground and restore power lines.

No major injuries were reported, and no structures were damaged, according to CHP.

This is a developing story.

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