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Tank Farm Road: Crash knocks out power in southern SLO

Firefighters remove the driver after his car crashed into a power pole on Tankfarm Rd in SLO.
Photo Jayson Mellom 6-30-10
Firefighters remove the driver after his car crashed into a power pole on Tankfarm Rd in SLO. Photo Jayson Mellom 6-30-10 The Tribune

Electricity was knocked out about a half hour in parts of southern San Luis Obispo, and Tank Farm Road was closed for several hours after a driver crashed his car into a power pole Wednesday afternoon.

A driver in his 20s drifted to the side of the road and struck the pole, San Luis Obispo Police Department Sgt. Jeff Booth said. Police arrested the driver on suspicion of drunken driving and driving with a suspended license after he was treated at French Hospital Medical Center for minor injuries.

The man was kept inside his car about 45 minutes as a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crew went to the scene and shut off power to make sure he would not be electrocuted, Booth said.

PG&E said about 1,100 customers were affected until power was restored about 4:15 p.m. Here, firefighters remove the driver from his car.

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