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Light-rail service restored after downed line Downtown jammed T network

| Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 7:36 a.m.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Port Authority police block the entrance to the Steel Plaza Subway Station Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, after a fire shut down the link in the T line through Downtown during the morning rush.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
A light rail train sits in the Steel Plaza Subway Station Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, after a fire shut down the link in the T line through Downtown during the morning rush.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
A Port Authority bus serves as the rail shuttle for passengers headed from the First Avenue Station to the Wood Street Station Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, after a fire shut down the link in the T line at the Steel Plaza Subway Station, Downtown, during the morning rush.

A fallen piece of steel shut down Port Authority of Allegheny County's light-rail service in Downtown on Friday morning and disrupted service for much of the day.

Port Authority stopped T light-rail service between the First Avenue Garage and Wood Street stations about 7 a.m. after steel fell from an overhead parking garage near Fourth Avenue and knocked out a power line.

The line fell across the tracks, causing some sparking and a small fire, but no one was injured.

Workers quickly repaired the line, but spent much of the day working to stabilize a crumbling section of the overhead garage so service could be restored. Port Authority resumed service on one track by noon and restored full service by the afternoon rush hours.

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