Downed power line near Cal Poly causes outage

Traffic on California Boulevard was closed at Taft Street on Wednesday afternoon because of a downed power line.
Traffic on California Boulevard was closed at Taft Street on Wednesday afternoon because of a downed power line. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

UPDATE 5 p.m.: PG&E is reporting that power has not yet been fully restored to customers near Cal Poly off California Boulevard in San Luis Obispo.

The utility is working to restore power to the remaining affected customers by this evening, he said.

Officers have concluded their investigation of the traffic accident that caused the outage.

San Luis Obispo police Sgt. Fred Mickel said a commercial delivery truck taking the Taft Street exit off southbound Highway 101 made a right-hand turn on Kentucky Street.

Mickel said the truck was too tall to clear the power lines and instead pulled and severed a few of the lines, which then fell across California Boulevard and over the railroad tracks.

The fallen lines over California Boulevard were still live after they fell, Mickel said, and caused some smoldering but no fire.

Officers closed down California Boulevard and the California Highway Patrol closed the boulevard offramp while PG&E crews could shut off power to the lines.

Both were reopened as of 3 p.m.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: By 1:07 p.m., power had been restored to all but 41 customers.

However, traffic remains closed on California and Taft streets while crews continue to work on the power lines.

According to crews at the scene, a truck snagged cable and phone roughly lines a block away causing the power line to flex and break, falling onto the ground off California Street near the railroad tracks.

No injuries were reported.

ORIGINAL STORY: A downed power line caused a power outage around noon near Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday afternoon, and crews remain at the site attempting to restore power.

At about 12:15 p.m., reports came in to Pacific Gas & Electric about a downed line on California Street near the university. PG&E and San Luis Obispo Utilities Department workers responded to the scene and are still trying to determine the cause of the broken line.

Blair Jones, spokesman for PG&E, said about 2,400 residents are affected by the outage.

“We’re working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” Jones said.

No injuries have been reported from the downed line.

Jones did not have an exact estimate when power will return, but the San Luis Obispo Utilities Department said early estimates put restoration at no later than 3 p.m.

Residents with access to the Internet can view progress at http://pge.com/myhome/outages/outage.

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