By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hundreds were without power and a highway was closed Thursday morning after a crash hit power lines in the west metro.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that the crash happened before sunrise near the intersection of Highway 7 and Christmas Lake Road, just southwest of Excelsior.

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Highway 7 was closed in both directions as crews worked to clear the scene.

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The crash knocked down power lines in the area, leading to outages affecting around 1,500 people.

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Xcel Energy sent crews to fix the power lines.