- PG&E has partially secured the equipment hanging in the roadway. One lane of Combie Rd has been opened-- one-way traffic control is in effect at will continue for at least several hours.
- Electricity is working in much of the area. At this point it does not appear the school district will need to close down the local schools (but I have not received confirmation either way).
- Due to the extended work in the area throughout the morning and the one-way traffic controls, we expect traffic in the area to be heavy/slow. Motorists should still use an alternate route or plan extra time, as appropriate.
This is a preliminary notification from the California Highway Patrol of a major traffic incident working in southern Nevada County at this moment:
- A little before 10 p.m. Monday, a solo vehicle occupied only by a female driver went off the roadway on Combie Rd near Armstrong Rd (just prior to Magnolia Rd). She struck a large utility pole containing major electrical distribution lines.
- The pole was severed in half, causing Combie Rd to be blocked.
- The driver received minor injuries and was transported to Auburn Faith hospital by ground ambulance.
- Power is currently shut-off to the immediate areas north of Lake of the Pines. Power may not be restored until mid to late morning.
- PG&E currently has major electrical crews coming from the surrounding areas to reconstruct the pole and electrical lines.
- Combie Rd could be closed until 10:00 AM.
- CalTrans and Nevada County DOT/Roads are responding to place electronic sign-boards in the area and assist with traffic control. Traffic detours are in place through Alta Sierra and north toward Grass Valley.
- Due to the road problems and electrical problems in the area, we plan on contacting to NC Superintendent of Schools in a few hours (when we have a bit more information) to determine if they will be closing the schools this morning.