2/14 UPDATE at 10:46 a.m.: Southern California Edison spokesman Paul Klein said today that power has been restored to all its customors except one. Power for that customer is expected to be restored by 3:30 p.m. today, he said.
Last night's power outage affected 3,424 customers, all in Lake Elsinore, and lasted just 30 seconds, Klein said. The short blackout affected SCE customers from Newport Road to the north and Sugarbush Lane to the south, and reached as far west as Spring Street, he said.
ORIGINAL POST: A suspected drunk driver collided with a power pole Monday night in Lake Elsinore, causing an electrical outage to local residents and a road closure, police are reporting.
At approximately 10:11 p.m. Monday, deputies from the Lake Elsinore Police Department responded to a report of an injury crash in the area of Railroad Canyon Road, east of Grape Street.
“The ensuing investigation determined a white Chevrolet Suburban was traveling westbound on Railroad Canyon Road, lost control and collided with a power pole. As a result of the collision, power was interrupted for a short time and the westbound lanes of Railroad Canyon Road were closed for approximately three hours,” according to a report from the Lake Elsinore Police Department.
Southern California Edison personnel responded to the location, temporarily secured the power pole and re-routed power to the affected areas, the report stated.
The driver and sole occupant of the Suburban was taken to the Inland Valley Medical Center for treatment and was admitted for observation, according to the report.
It is believed that alcohol consumption was a factor in the collision and the investigation is ongoing, the report stated.
Additional repairs to the power pole are taking place today and will affect the number two lane of traffic on the westbound portion of Railroad Canyon Road, according to the report.
The driver’s name was not released by police.
A call to Southern California Edison early Tuesday morning was not immediately returned.