Crash Causes Power Outage in University City

The vehicle jumped a curb and caused a power outage to a condo complex in University City

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    A car crashed into a utility box in University City, knocking out power to some residents Sunday night.

    San Diego police say the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a pump house.

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    San Diego police say the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a pump house at Nobel Drive just east of Lombard Place. (Published Monday, June 18, 2012)

    The Toyota Solara was headed westbound on Nobel Drive around 2:45 a.m. when the vehicle jumped the curb just before Lombard Place.

    The crash sheared off a water service panel which recycles water to a 117-unit condo complex and also flooded electrical vaults and service panels.

    As a result, the complex lost power along with nearby signal lights.

    A 10-foot high geyser gushed for more than three hours. San Diego Fire Rescue responded.

    Apparently the driver crawled out of the wreckage through a car window and made his way to a friend’s home.

    After about an hour, police received a call from the friend telling them the driver was headed to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries. 

    The driver was found to be not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police said they weren’t considering charging the driver.

    Power was restored to the complex by 7:30 a.m. but communications like Internet, phone and television will be restored later today.

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