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Tree knocks down power line, lands on car on Hwy 99W

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A power line came down along Highway 99 W between Newberg and Sherwood on Friday afternoon.

For several hours Oregon Department of Transportation crews had to close one lane of traffic as PGE worked on repairing the power line that came down and put a mother and her child in danger.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said a tree fell down onto the power line around 1:30 Friday afternoon.

The wire once stretched across seven or eight power poles and fell across the highway. That's when a car driving by ran over those lines and officials said the lines were then kicked up on to another car that had a mom and child, inside.

Luckily, officials were able to safely remove the power lines, the car was able to drive off and no one was hurt.

"It's scary enough to have power lines fall down and hit a car with child in it. If that was me I'd be scared or worried that it could be situation of life or death," said Sgt. Vance Stimler with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

A tree also came down around 1:15 p.m. in the area of Southeast Belmont and 38th Avenue.

That tree hit a small car and blocked 38th Avenue for a while, until city crews could clean up that mess.

No one was hurt in that case.

For most of the evening commute, ODOT had one lane of NB Highway 99 W closed between Newberg and Sherwood.

PGE crews were working throughout the night and said it could take up to 10 hours before the line was replaced.

About 150 customers were without power as crews worked to replace the line.

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