San Diego

Car Hits Power Pole, Leaves Passengers Trapped Under Live Wires

SDG&E said more than 300 customers in the area were out of power.

Live electrical wires draped over a car in Rancho Santa Fe, trapping passengers inside after their car crashed into a power pole.

San Diego Gas and Electric crews were rushing to the scene on El Camino Real near Via Gaviota to cut off energy to the wires so that the passengers could be freed.

Crews arrived at the scene at around 5:05 p.m. and had the lines de-energized minutes later. Once de-energized, San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were able to extricate the passengers.

Officials at the scene said if a passenger were to have gotten out of the car while the car and surrounding roadway were energized, they likely would have been electrocuted.

It is unknown at this time if any passengers were injured. Investigators haven't determined if the crash was weather-related.

SDG&E said more than 300 customers in the Solana Beach, Eden Gardens, Lomas Santa Fe, Northwest Rancho Santa Fe and San Elijo Lagoon areas were out of power. The utility estimated restoration at 7 p.m.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies and CHP officers also responded to the scene.

No other information was available.

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