Car accident knocks out power in South Nevada County |

Car accident knocks out power in South Nevada County

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. PG&E work crews attached the power lines to the cross arms of the pole, Tuesday morning, and AT&T trucks holding up there cables from the road before they are attached to the pole.
John Hart/ | The Union

Several South County residents remained without power Tuesday afternoon, after a Monday night car accident broke a large utility pole in half.

The utility pole, located near the intersection of Combie Road and Armstrong Road, held up a major electrical distribution line and initially more than 2,400 Pacific Gas & Electric customers had power knocked out, said PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers. Most of those customers had power restored within an hour after PG&E rerouted electricity through different wires.

About 102 customers remained without power for much of Tuesday, as crews rushed to replace the severed utility pole and damaged electricity lines.

The accident occurred when a female driver veered off the roadway and struck the large utility pole, said California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Barnthouse.

The female, who was not publicly identified, was the only person involved in the accident.

She had just come from a retail store in the area, when a parcel slipped to the floor of the car, Barnthouse said.

When she reached to retrieve the package, she brought the steering wheel with her, and it caused the vehicle to swerve onto the shoulder. She sustained minor injuries and was transported via ambulance to Auburn Faith Hospital.

California Highway Patrol instituted traffic controls at the accident scene Tuesday, reducing flow to one lane while PG&E crews attempted to replace the pole.

The road was opened at 4:02 p.m.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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