Hit-and-Run Collision Causes Power Outage in National City

Driver ran away and 1,100 residents were left without power Tuesday morning

By Monica Dean
|  Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012  |  Updated 8:15 AM PDT
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Police are looking for the driver of a hit-and-run collision who knocked down a power line in National City. The collision left hundreds of residents out of power.

Police are looking for the driver of a hit-and-run collision who knocked down a power line in National City. The collision left hundreds of residents out of power.

A hit-and-run crash that knocked down a power-pole left hundreds of National City residents without power early Tuesday morning.

Power was restored to residents at sunrise and the 805 freeway was re-opened, but SDG&E crews are still making repairs to the downed power pole.

SDG&E brought in a team of heavy equipment to work on safely removing the pole at 18th St. and Newell Avenue just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to National City Police.

The driver ran away and power was cut-off to 1100 within a mile radius of the accident scene.

Live wires were left dangling from the pole to the 805 freeway. North and southbound lanes were temporarily shut down.

There was also a concern about nearby chain-link fencing being electrified.

Officials haven't found the driver but have identified the registered owner of the vehicle who lives in the area.

They say the driver is fortunate to be alive.

Repair crews are expected to be here until early this afternoon working to clear the scene.

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