Car wreck knocks power out to 700 Windsor homes

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About 700 Windsor homes were without power for up to 12 hours after the driver of a sports car lost control and crashed into a power pole early Saturday morning, leaving him and his female passenger with injuries requiring transport to the hospital.

The 22-year-old driver suffered major injuries and had to be cut from the vehicle by the Windsor Fire Protection District, while his passenger in the two-door car sustained minor injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where the driver was reported in serious but stable condition after the single-vehicle collision at Hembree Lane near Dove Lane.

Alcohol and the rate of speed were suspected factors in the crash, Windsor police said later in a social media post.

The power lines of the sheared pole remained intact after the 4:17 a.m. incident, according to county fire dispatch, but Windsor Fire Battalion Chief Ron Busch said power was knocked out to the area’s homes. The stretch of roadway was closed as crews from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. worked to replace the pole.

County fire dispatch said the roadway reopened a few hours later, and a PG&E spokeswoman said power was restored to all of the affected customers by 4 p.m. Saturday.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin Fixler at 707-521-5336 or at kevin.fixler@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @kfixler.

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