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2 Car Crash Causes Power Outage to Hundreds, Evacuation of an Apartment Complex in El Cajon

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A crash involving two cars caused a power outage and an evacuation of an apartment complex in El Cajon Saturday morning, the El Cajon Police Department said.

Officers said a male driver of a Honda attempted to enter S. Mollison Avenue from Merritt Drive and hit another Honda, occupied by two women, which was driving northbound on S. Mollison Avenue around 9 a.m.

The crash sent the Honda that was occupied by two women into a power pole, which snapped it and caused the power lines to come down, police said. The women were trapped for a short time due to the electrical lines.

All three people were transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

The downed pole then started to catch a tree on fire and the Portofino apartment complex was evacuated due to fear of the fire, police said.

El Cajon police said around 9:20 a.m. to avoid the area and roadway closures were in place.

Police said all power was off for hundreds of people in the neighborhood and the water was off at the Portofino Apartment complex.

SDG&E was at the scene working on the power pole, officials said.

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