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Apr 26, 2010 11:30 PM by Kristen Oato

San Luis Obispo residents react to car accident

Police officers now say texting is to blame for the car accident that knocked out power to thousands in San Luis Obispo yesterday afternoon.

Twenty-two-year-old Richard Scheidle was texting while driving on Foothill Boulevard, when he lost control of his car and crashed into a power pole near the Mustang Village Apartments.

About 2,400 PG&E customers were affected, including several Cal Poly buildings and Sierra Vista Regional Hospital.

"We lost power. The tv was on, and it went out while I was doing a project. Luckily, I had just saved it, but the internet was down, so anyone I was talking to was obviously out of contact," said Jon Moscot, a resident at Mustang Village.

Traffic was blocked off for seven hours, affecting residents in nearby apartment complexes.

"We went out to get groceries. When we came back, we obviously couldn't get back to the apartment. We tried to find a parking spot in another area, but we eventually had to settle on a spot about a mile away, so I had to carry all the groceries back," said Mustang Village resident Matt Curry.

The accident also caused a fire in a bedroom at another apartment complex on the 1000 block of Foothill Blvd, when downed power lines overloaded the building's electrical system. Fire crews were able to contain the fire in 5 minutes. The fire caused about $25,000 to $30,000 worth of damage to the room.

Scheidle suffered minor injuries and was cited at the scene.

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