Update: Driver Blames Sun Blindness for Friday's Crash

A 69-year-old San Carlos man toppled a utility pole with his car on Chula Vista Dr. on Friday afternoon, knocking out power at more than 100 PG&E customers.

More than 100 PG&E customers lost power and Chula Vista Drive was shut down on Friday after a man hit a utility pole, causing it to fall across the road and knocking out electric power.

According to Lt. Patrick Halleran of the Belmont Police Department, at approximately 3:40pm on Friday, Feb. 1, Belmont police and fire units responded to a report of a vehicle that had collided with a utility pole in the 1200 block of Chula Vista Drive.

Upon arrival emergency personnel found that a 2010 Hyundai sedan left the roadway and collided with a utility pole, shearing it off at the base.  Police say the driver, a 69-year-old San Carlos man, was shaken but not injured in the collision.

The driver told officers that he was westbound on Chula Vista Dr. when he became blinded by the sun. He then swerved to the right, jumped the curb and collided with the pole.

PG&E crews responded and had to stabilize the pole before the vehicle could be towed at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Chula Vista Drive between Escondido Way and Solana Drive was closed throughout the night as PG&E replaced the pole and restored electrical service.  In all, 126 PG&E customers were affected by the outage; 70 had power restored by Friday afternoon, however, 56 customers did not have electricity restored until Saturday morning, according to police.    

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Claudine I February 05, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Wow!!! I live in San Carlos and experienced a very brief power outage at that exact time and day. Now I know what happened!!! It's good to know that there were no injuries.


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