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Valley Ford Road crash knocks out power to hundreds

A large pickup towing a boat ran into a power pole on Valley Ford Road Friday morning, bringing down the pole and causing 791 homes to lose power.

PG&E learned about the outage just after midnight, said spokesman Paul Moreno. The agency sent someone to the scene at around 12:45 a.m. and began restoring power a little before 2 a.m.

All but six homes had power by 8:10, he said. Those homes may not see power restored until 3 p.m., when the pole is expected to be fully repaired.

The crash took place between Carmody and Walker roads, when a man driving eastbound apparently fell asleep, crossed the road and drove into the pole, said CHP Officer Steve Fricke.

PG&E reported the crash at about 5:15 a.m., he said. It was unclear why it took so long for the agency and the driver to report the crash.

The driver, who waited at the scene until CHP arrived, was not injured.

The was no suspicion of drunken driving, Fricke said.

You can reach Staff Writer Jamie Hansen at 521-5205.


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