Thousands of customers were left without power Thursday in two separate incidents in Oceano and San Luis Obispo.
In Oceano, a woman driving on Halcyon Road about 1:45 p.m. reportedly struck a power pole for unknown reasons, knocking out power to 6,569 customers throughout the Five Cities area, according to California Highway Patrol and Pacific Gas & Electric officials.
The impact caused the top of the pole to snap, sending power lines to the ground. The jolt caused an adjacent pole to snap as well, and a small brush fire started at the base of the pole, according to CHP Officer Richard Lee.
Cal Fire and Five Cities Fire Authority crews responded, and CHP closed part of Halcyon between the Pike and Highway 1.
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A PG&E crew shut off power and used long poles to move the downed lines and test the car for an electrical hazard, Lee said. Once the utility workers finished their test, the woman was able to get out of the passenger side of her vehicle.
Lee said she suffered very minor injuries in the incident and was later taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital as a precaution.
By 5:20 p.m., power had been restored to all but one customer, PG&E’s John Lindsey said. The outage affected customers throughout the Five Cities area, including Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano and Pismo Beach.
In San Luis Obispo, a contractor digging a trench hit an underground power line about noon, leaving 18 customers without power, including The Tribune. Power was restored about 3 p.m.