Nearly 1,000 residents were left without power in El Cajon early Saturday morning after a driver struck a power pole, knocking out service for hours.
According to authorities, at around 5:20 a.m., a driver in a gold Hyundai crashed into a power pole in the 13000 block of I-8 Business near Los Coches Road. The impact left the pole slanted and visibly damaged.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) said 958 homes and businesses were left without power as a result of the accident. This included parts of Winter Gardens, Lakeside, Bostonia, Lakeview and Glenview.
The outage began at 6:20 a.m., SDG&E said, and the company expected to have power fully restored by 6 p.m. As of 10 a.m., approximately 458 customers remained without power in the area.
Some roads near the damaged pole were blocked off to traffic while repair crews worked.
SDG&E said the repairs were an all-day job because the pole had to be fully replaced. Crews were also going to replace underground wiring – a “major and main” component in that business area.