Power outages reported in Cambria, San Luis Obispo

A pickup crashed into a power pole Monday on Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo.
A pickup crashed into a power pole Monday on Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: 8:16 p.m.:  All power was restored in Cambria shortly before  6 p.m., according to PG&E spokesman John Lindsey. 

As of 8:07 p.m., power had been restored to all but 192 customers in San Luis Obispo, PG&E spokesman Blair Jones said.

Meanwhile, the San Luis Obispo Police Department released more details about the crash that caused the San Luis Obispo power outage. 

The collision occurred at approximately 4:22 p.m. on Johnson Avenue south of Ella Avenue, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department. 

The vehicle was traveling south on Johnson Avenue when the driver veered left, crossing two lanes of opposing traffic and smashed into the power pole, police said, shearing it off at the base.

The pole and power lines landed on top of the vehicle, trapping the driver inside, police said.

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department extricated the driver at 6:20 p.m., according to Sgt. Chad Pfarr of the San Luis Obispo Police Department. The man was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with nonlife-threatening injuries.

There was no passenger in the vehicle and no one else was injured, Pfarr said.

According to Pfarr, the driver told police that a dog ran in front of him and he swerved to avoid it. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Traffic on Johnson Avenue was limited to one lane in each direction until 7 a.m. Wednesday while PG&E crews worked on replacing the pole and cleaning up the site, Pfarr said.  

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: Power has been restored to most customers, according to John Lindsey with PG&E. All but 159 customers in Cambria and 446 in San Luis Obispo have had power restored, he tweeted.

UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: The power outage that's affecting about 2,700 San Luis Obispo residents in the Johnson Avenue area was caused by a car crashing into a power pole.

Blair Jones, spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., said that the outage occurred at about 4:08 p.m. and that crews were currently working at the scene, but he did not know how long work was expected to take.

A San Luis Obispo Police Department dispatcher said Monday afternoon that the vehicle crashed into a power pole on the 2700 block of Johnson Avenue but did not have an additional information.

Original story: An outage cut power to “most of the customers in Cambria” Monday about 3:45 p.m., according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spokesman John Lindsey, who noted 3,534 accounts were affected.

Also, at 4:08 p.m., another outage put 2,736 PG&E customers in the dark in San Luis Obispo, according to Lindsey’s Twitter feed.

By 4:10 p.m., power had been restored to some, but not all, of the affected Cambria customers. Lindsey tweeted that by 4:27 p.m., 2,038 accounts had power restored, leaving 1,496 still without electricity.

The utility’s trouble line estimated that electricity would be fully restored by 7 p.m.

Lindsey said the North Coast problem appeared to be in a transmission line between Cayucos and Cambria, and that “one of several circuit breakers" didn’t seem to be closing as it was supposed to do.