Ohio 2 closed near Port Clinton
Aug 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM
UPDATE: Monday, 6:17 p.m.
Ohio 2 is closed between the Ohio 53 and Ohio 163 exits and might remain closed for the next few hours.
An electrical wire caught fire after it was accidentally knocked over by a Beaver Excavating crew member. Beaver Excavating is working for the Ohio Department of Transportation to mitigate mines near a section of Ohio 2.
ODOT representatives were unavailable for comment Monday.
Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said he did not know how long the roads would be shut down for, though it should not last through the night.
In addition to the closed highway, several local residents lost power Monday.
FirstEnergy's website said between 500 and 1,500 residents near Gypsum were without power as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.
It also said between 21 and 100 residents in Port Clinton city limits were without power.
Levorchick said the crews will work to replace the line, and he believes it will happen by Monday night.
A multitude of cars got stuck on Ohio 2 during the blunder. Levorchick said crews grounded the wires and got the mess off the road.
Meanwhile, law enforcement tried to get trapped cars off the road.
Ohio 2 is closed in the area of the State road overpass.
Power lines were torn down by Beaver Excavating, Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said.
The company has been working for months to mitigate the Gypsum mines.
The highway extends over parts of the mines.
Power is reportedly out in Ottawa County in several places including over 1,500 people without electric in Port Clinton.
The power in that area should be restored by 5 p.m. according to First Energy's website.