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UPDATE: Crash causes Canyon Country power outage, small brush fire

Updates with power restored, driver still being sought

Posted: July 24, 2013 10:28 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2013 4:42 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies were looking for a hit-and-run motorist Wednesday who crashed into a utility pole in Canyon Country, damaging a transformer and knocking out power as well as downing wires that sparked a small brush fire.

Deputies found the downed power pole and power lines at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot near Home Depot in the 26700 block of Ruether Avenue, according to a news release issued by Lt. Randy Harris.

The transformer blown as a result of the crash caused a power outage affecting many homes and businesses in Canyon Country for nearly three hours, according to authorities.

Workers from Santa Clarita, Southern California Edison and Caltrans responded to the location to restore power, but at least a dozen Edison customers remained without power until Wednesday afternoon, according to the utility company.

“There was a power pole that had been knocked over by an unknown vehicle which appeared to have driven over the power pole support wire,” Harris wrote in his release.

“The weight of the vehicle pulled the power pole down to the ground and partially onto a couple of parked trucks,” he wrote. “The downed pole also caused the power lines to drop to the ground in several places.”

Although the downed lines sparked a brush fire, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said it caused no notable damage.


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