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Power lines down after car crashes into power pole on Highway 1 in Oceano

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 15:50:03-05

A motorist driving along Highway 1 in Oceano crashed into a power pole, causing downed power lines in the area Saturday afternoon, according to California Highway Patrol officers.

According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, a driver in a white 2003 Chevy Silverado crashed into the power pole at South Halcyon Road and Cienaga Street at approximately 12:27 p.m.

CHP officials said the driver of the vehicle has not reported any injuries.

It is not yet clear if there are any road closures in the area.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) advises anyone who sees a downed power line to take the following precautions:

  • Avoid touching the downed line with your hand or an object, such as a stick, broom or pole.
  • Avoid touching anything, such as a car, object or equipment or anyone who is in contact with a fallen power line.
  • Keep children and pets away from fallen electric lines.
  • Avoid driving over a fallen power line.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately to report a fallen power line.

If your vehicle comes into contact with a downed power line:

  • Stay inside your car. The ground around your car may be energized.
  • Sound the horn, roll down your window and call for help.
  • Warn others to stay away. Anyone who touches the equipment or ground around your car can be injured.
  • Use your mobile phone to call 9-1-1.
  • Wait until the fire department, police or PG&E workers tell you it’s safe to get out of your car before exiting the vehicle.

If your car comes into contact with a fallen power line and a fire starts, follow these guidelines when exiting your vehicle:

  • Remove loose items of clothing.
  • Keep your hands at your sides and jump clear of the vehicle, so you are not touching the car when your feet hit the ground.
  • Keep both feet close together and shuffle away from the vehicle without picking up your feet.

KSBY will update this story as more information becomes available.