Oops! Wide Load Proves to Be Too Wide for Street Light

By Elena Gomez and R. Stickney
|  Friday, Oct 18, 2013  |  Updated 8:32 AM PDT
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NBC 7's Elena Gomez has an update on a toppled traffic signal in Paradise Hills that shutdown an intersection for nearly 6 hours.

NBC 7's Elena Gomez has an update on a toppled traffic signal in Paradise Hills that shutdown an intersection for nearly 6 hours.

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A big rig crash in the 6900 block of Paradise Valley Road, in Paradise Hills shut down the road for several hours as cleanup crews struggled with the truck's large cargo.
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A large-scale equipment move turned into a major headache for officials when the big rig struck a city traffic signal and closed the road for hours.

The collision happened around 11:45 p.m. at Paradise Valley Road and South Woodman Street.

CHP officers were escorting a wide load of solar turbines from Alpine to Otay Mesa when an oversized big rig couldn’t fit under a signal light.

“The truck tractor was a little too far to the right and it struck one of the light standards,” said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Damian Budwine.

In fact, the collision almost tore down the light officials said.

It was the fourth time the crews had taken this trip but it was the first time this type of damage occurred along the route.

It wasn’t until sometime around 6 a.m. that the roads re-opened to traffic. 

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