Car crash knocks out power in Paso Robles

16-year-old driver freed from vehicle that was on fire, authorities say

newsroom@thetribunenews.comAugust 2, 2013 

A vehicle crashed into power poles and caught fire in Paso Robles on Thursday night, causing electricity to be cut in the area of South River and Charolais roads.

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the crash at 10:05 p.m. and discovered the vehicle’s single occupant, a 16-year-old male, trapped and yelling for help, according to a news release from the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services. Multiple electrical lines were down on the car and in the area, authorities said.

Despite live power lines, emergency personnel worked for 10 minutes to free the driver, who was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo “due to the nature and severity of his injuries,” the news release said.

Seven firefighters and a battalion chief were dispatched to the scene.

PG&E arrived to cut the power before firefighters completed putting out the vehicle fire.

According to the PG&E website, 814 customers were without power as of 12:35 a.m. Power is expected to be restored by 9:30 a.m.

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