Driver crashes into Piner Road power pole

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A driver collided with a Piner Road power pole late Sunday night, knocking down the pole and wires, and briefly closing the road, according to authorities.

The man was taken to Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, apparently with minor injuries.

It was the fourth crash of the day involving vehicles hitting PG&E poles, leading to power outages, according to Deanna Contreras, company spokeswoman. Three of the crashes were in west Santa Rosa.

The 10 p.m. collision was near Industrial Drive. Initial reports indicated the driver was trapped, but Santa Rosa firefighters found him out of the vehicle, with the pole on the ground and lines down.

The sheared pole and damaged lines took power from 633 customers in the area of Piner Road, Hopper Avenue, Industrial Drive and Airway Drive. All but 20 customers had power restored within two hours but 20 remained out of power Monday, Contreras said.

Further crash details weren’t available early Monday from Santa Rosa police.

About 5:30 a.m. a car into a pole caused a momentary outage near Clover Drive and West College Avenue. About 8:45 a.m., 673 customers lost power after a vehicle hit a pole in the area of Lance Drive, knocking out power to that street as well as West Third and North Dutton Avenue. Power was back Sunday evening.

And about 9 a.m. 35 customers lost power southwest of Sebastopol when a driver hit a pole on Pleasant Hill Road north of Kennedy Road. Power was back about 11 a.m.

It wasn’t clear whether slick, icy roadways played a role in any of the crashes from the cold temperatures early in the day, Contreras said.

“It was a busy day for PG&E crews repairing poles struck by vehicles,” she said.

Check back for updates.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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