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UPDATE 2: Outage near Cal Poly caused by driver who was texting, police say

UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: Police say that a driver who took his eyes off the road while texting on his cell phone caused a crash that led to a power outage in the area around Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon.

About 4:15 p.m., the driver’s Toyota Camry went off the road and crashed into a power pole on the north sidewalk next to Mustang Village at westbound Foothill Boulevard near Casa Street, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

The driver, who was alone in the car, suffered only minor injuries and was being treated at a local hospital, police said.

The crash also caused a small fire at a nearby apartment building on Foothill after a circuit breaker box grounded out, police said.

Though a PG&E spokeswoman earlier Sunday said that power had been restored to all but a few customers, police say that utility crews were still on the scene as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday and expected power to be restored between 10:30 and 11 p.m.


UPDATE 6:30 p.m.:Though power has been restored to all but a few customers, San Luis Obispo police report that Foothill Boulevard will be closed between California Boulevard and Santa Rosa Street until about 11:30 p.m. while Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crews are on the scene.

Police say that a vehicle hit a power pole, downing live wires, at 4:15 p.m. at California and Foothill.


ORIGINAL REPORT: About 2,400 electricity customers were without power for a time Sunday afternoon, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. confirmed.

The outage affected the area surround Foothill Boulevard and Santa Rosa Street.

The utility learned of the outage at 4:48 p.m., and power was restored to all but 31 customers within 20 minutes, according to a PG&E spokeswoman.

She said the outage was caused by a power pole falling after a vehicle hit it.

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