Downed power line causes road closures following crash in Carpinteria

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - One person was taken to the hospital and a Carpinteria street was shut down following a crash Monday afternoon.

At around 1 p.m., a driver of a Nissan Xterra was traveling on Via Real at Cramer Circle when they left the roadway, hopped a curb, drove into a bridge embankment and sheered a power line.

The power line fell to the ground, sending live wires on top of the car and onto the street and sidewalk.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff and Carpinteria Summerland Fire Department responded to the area along with AMR.

Sheriff's deputies provided traffic control and diverted pedestrians from the area due to electrical hazard presented by the downed power line. Southern California Edison and Carpinteria Public Works responded to the area to assist with the power line.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle on their own and was taken to Cottage Hospital by ambulance.

Carpinteria Summerland Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Gallagher said he wants to remind the public of the dangers of active power lines. He says it's always best to assume every power line is charged and active and to stay away from downed power lines.

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