San Luis Obispo County

Car hits power pole, starts fire which knocked out power in Atascadero

ATASCADERO, Calif. - UPDATE: ( 12:02 P.M. ) --

A vehicle crashed into power lines causing a power outage late Sunday night in front of 11605 El Camino Real in Atascadero. 

The vehicle also crashed into a natural gas line causing a vegetation and natural gas fire in an open field.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they say 50 feet of grass and vegetation caught fire because of the natural gas line.

They had a difficult time getting to the driver who crashed because live power lines hit the vehicle and there was a barbed wire fence in the area.

Crews estimate $25,000 in damages but say they saved $500,000 worth of property.


UPDATE: ( 7:45 A.M. ) -- 

The PG&E outages website says that power should be restored to 186 residents without power around 10:00 a.m. Monday. 

The Atascadero Fire Department says a vehicle went off the road which caused a gas line break, a fire & power lines to come down.

They say the driver was not injured.

They posted a photo of the car, which appears to be a white Jeep crossover model. 



El Camino Real was closed between Santa Barbara and Viejo Camino streets.  




A car crashed into a power pole and caught fire early Monday morning near El Camino Real in Atascadero. 

It happened just before 1:30 a.m. near Paloma Creek Park. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, and it's unclear whether other cars were involved.

According to the PG&E outages website, 885 customers were without power. The company says power will come back on around 5 o clock Monday morning. 

 As of 3:00 a.m. Monday morning, PG&E had dispatched a crew, and was still determining the cause of the outage. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

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