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Crash Shears Power Pole, Closes Off-Ramp In Campbell

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Utility workers repair a power line. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Utility workers repair a power line. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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CAMPBELL (CBS SF) — A vehicle crashed into a power pole in Campbell early Sunday morning, damaging the pole and sending the driver to a hospital, police said.

At about 5:45 a.m., officers responded to reports of a solo vehicle crash at Winchester Boulevard and West Sunnyoaks Avenue, Campbell police Sgt. Gary Berg said.

An initial investigation revealed the vehicle left the roadway while traveling south on Winchester Boulevard, striking the utility pole and shearing it in half, Berg said.

The driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Berg said.

The pole was left hanging in the roadway, supported by utility wires, he said.

PG&E crews responded to the scene and rendered the area safe, according to police.

Sunnyoaks Avenue and one southbound lane on Winchester Boulevard remained closed to traffic as of 10:30 a.m., and a southbound off-ramp from San Tomas Expressway to Winchester Boulevard was also closed.

PG&E said the closures could be in effect until Monday morning.

The crash remains under investigation.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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