NEW UPDATE: Crash causes power outage

Jackson: Most households had power back within an hour

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY — A pickup truck hit a utility pole near Highway 247 on Saturday afternoon, leaving the eastern half of Lucerne Valley without power for part of the afternoon.

No one was injured in the single-vehicle crash, California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Hunt said.

A Dodge pickup truck was traveling on Highway 247 in the area of Carada Road at 12:41 p.m. on Saturday. The driver, whose name was not released, was adjusting his radio and took his focus off the roadway, Hunt said.

The truck veered across the opposite lane and struck a utility pole. The driver and his two passengers were uninjured.

Southern California Edison spokeswoman Nancy Jackson spoke to The Leader on Wednesday and provided details about the power outage. Though the SCE website initially stated that 320 households were without power for several hours, Jackson said the number of households affected was much larger but the length of the outage was much shorter.

Jackson said 837 customers — nearly every household and/or business in the eastern half of town — were without electricity for about an hour after the incident. Most of the customers had power restored by 1:34 p.m., and the rest were back online by 2:17 p.m., Jackson said.

Jackson said SCE technicians restored power by switching the affected customers to a different circuit while crews repaired the pole.