Car rams power pole, killing driver and knocking out power to thousands
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man died after he crashed his speeding car into a
power pole in Logan Heights early Tuesday, knocking out power to thousands of San
Diego Gas & Electric customers, authorities said.
The fatality in the 3300 block of Imperial Avenue was reported at 3:25
a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.
The man was driving a Toyota Matrix at a high rate of speed when he
failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and hit the pole, dying at the
scene, Delimitros said.
“The impact caused live powerlines to drop onto and across the 15
freeway above,” he said.
About 4,700 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in the area were without
power, the utility reported on its website, noting that electricity was likely
to be restored by noon.
The California Highway Patrol closed portions of the freeway due to the
downed pole for about an hour.