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Tuesday Accident Topples Pole, Disrupts Area Power

Power was out for about 200 customers for a portion of the day on Tuesday, Jan. 8 following an early morning accident along Lone Tree Road.

Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello said his department was dispatched to a call of a vehicle vs. pole shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Upon arrival at the scene, Mello said a power pole was down and about 500 feet of power lines had been taken down as well.

The vehicle, reported to have been westbound on Lone Tree Road at the time, went out of control and off the roadway for an unknown reason. After leaving the roadway, between Brennan and Sexton roads, the vehicle struck the power pole and then rolled over, coming to rest on its side.

Authorities said the driver refused medical treatment at the scene.

Along with the fire department and ambulance personnel, the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene and PG&E crews were called in as well. Mello said crews responded to close down the roadway between Brennan and Sexton while repairs were being made.

“When I went back to the scene, about 2:30 p.m., they were still working on it, the roadway was still closed,” Mello said.

Initial estimates from PG&E was an eight- to 10-hour process for putting in a new pole and getting all power restored.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation. Authorities said the driver was the only one in the vehicle at the time of the accident.