Driver Slams Into Pole, Causes Power Outage in El Cajon - NBC 7 San Diego

Driver Slams Into Pole, Causes Power Outage in El Cajon

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    Driver Slams Into Pole, Prompts Power Outage

    A driver slammed into a power pole in El Cajon, leading to an all-day power outage for some parts of the community. NBC 7's Liz Bryant reports. (Published Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016)

    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.