Crash Causes Power Outage for 37,000 in Sacramento
A crash into a light pole in Sacramento left roughly 37,000 electric customers without power on October 15. The accident occurred at about 6:00 am, when a utility van left the road and drove onto the sidewalk where it hit the power pole at 68th Avenue and 24th Street, according to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The van’s driver’s side was wrapped around the pole, making it difficult to remove. Crews began working on restoring power soon after the crash. A tow truck, called in to haul the van from the accident site, was left waiting until it could be removed from the pole. The utility said that the pole will need to be replaced as well as all the wiring attached to it. Some SMUD customers were back online as crews rerouted the electricity through the grid. The van’s driver was reported to not have been injured in the crash. Updates indicated that all SMUD customers had electricity restored by 9:00 a.m.