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Deputy's cruiser strikes utility pole

More than 2,000 people lose electricity

Posted: September 8, 2008 9:24 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A sheriff's deputy cruiser struck a utility pole on San Francisquito Canyon Road knocking out power for thousands early Monday morning, a California Highway Patrol official said.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Morgan hit a Southern California Edison power pole at 1:56 a.m., CHP Officer John Lutz said. The cruiser suffered minor damage but the utility pole was knocked to the ground, Lutz said. There were no other cars involved and the traffic collision is still under investigation, he said.

More than 2,000 people were left without electricity. SoCal Edison rerouted power and restored electricity to almost all those affected by the outage within minutes, said SoCal Edison Regional Manager Chris Coronel.

Edison work crews were on scene most of Monday replacing the utility pole. As many as 30 homes are still without electricity, he said. Edison expected to restore power to the rest of the homes Monday afternoon, Coronel said.

Morgan complained of pain after the accident and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, deputy Sgt. Byron Wainie said.

Morgan was released later Monday morning, Lt. Brenda Cambra said. He is expected to return to duty immediately, she said.


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