Power Outage Reported in RB After Hit-and-Run

HazMat crew called in to clean up oil leak

By Lauren Steussy and Danya Bacchus
|  Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:38 AM PDT
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DUI May Have Caused RB Power Outage

Rancho Bernardo residents took this picture during Tuesday's night's power outage.

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DUI May Have Caused RB Power Outage

Police believe a driver under the influence may have crashed into a power box in RB Tuesday night
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A power outage affected customers in Rancho Bernardo after a car hit a power box and fled the scene.

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday near Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Center Drive, according to the San Diego Police Department.

The driver hit the power box, causing a small fire. Fire crews arrived to knock down the fire. A HazMat team also responded due to 15 to 30 gallons of mineral oil spilled near the box.

After the crash, a power outage was reported in the area. An outage map of the area showed 2 outages and several hundred customers without power.

One man working at a convenience store near the crash said heard a loud boom and then the lights went out. Other residents said they were eating dinner when the lights went out. They were anxious about the power being out on such a cold night.

The power was restored to all but about 100 customers by 10:30 p.m., according to SDG&E.

Police said the driver of the car that hit the power box fled after the crash. Officers caught up with the driver shortly after, and said they believed he was under the influence.

Authorities are on the scene providing traffic control.

Check back here for updates.  

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