Driver Crashes Into Power Pole Which Causes The Highway To Shut Down
Everyone loves electric, but you probably don’t love it if you’re the one crashing into a power pole. On Sunday, a driver had an accidental run in with a power pole. The driver hit the pole on state Route 76. The crash ended up shutting down the highway in both directions near Pauma Valley. The crash also left the area without electric for a brief time.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver was driving a beige Cadillac car. The car had sheared the pole off of highway around four o’clock in the evening. The collision sent energized wires down to the ground.
California Highway Patrol said the the witnesses stated that the male driver of the Cadillac was slumped over inside the car but was later out of the car. The Cal Fire, however said that the male driver had only sustained minor injuries.
Cal Fire Capt. Kendall Bortisser’s statement about the power pole crash
The crash caused a small spot fire, but it was out by the time firefighters arrived.
California Highway Patrol said that the authorities had to close state Route 76 in both directions of traffic.
A little crash cause a major outage of 650 homes without electric due to the crash.
Utility Officials say these areas lost power
Valley Center, Rincon, the La Jolla Indian Reservation, Hellhole Canyon, Mesa Grande, Santa Ysabel, Palomar Mountain and Lake Henshaw areas, according to San Diego Gas & Electric. However, a crews quickly isolated the damage and restore electrical service to all but six SDG&E customers affected, utility officials said.
Luckily they didn’t suffer long, the Utility company stated that the power should have been restored by six thirty that evening.
Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm