Thousands left without power in Seattle area

Authorities are collecting surveillance footage to find the cause of more than a dozen power lines toppling over.
1:26 | 04/06/19

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it was a surreal in Seattle. Thousands of people losing power when poles went down in a terrifying chain reaction. ABC's Maggie Rulli has more on the damage and a dramatic rescue effort. Reporter: Overnight thousands in Seattle are left in the dark after more than a dozen power lines came crashing down trapping two people inside a car. And causing chaos as witnesses nearby scrambled to safety. Wires down, there's about 15 poles down. Reporter: The car caught right in the middle pinned and surrounded by a tangle of live power lines. All I heard was this loud boom crashing and then power lines are falling. Reporter: First responders rushing to the scene desperate to turn the power off as rescuers worked to pull the two people out. One taken away by stretcher. Another pole falling next to a museum. The power cut off with hundreds of visitors still inside. A stunned visitor capturing the moments terrified families with children were escorted out passing the mangled wires. Stay under the bridge. Reporter: The damage stretching more than a mile. Authorities cleaning up this morning still unsure of what caused the poles to fall over. The two people inside that car were taken to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries and authorities are collecting surveillance footage to help pinpoint how this all started. Eva. All right, Maggie, thank you.

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