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Unlucky Squirrel Causes San Jose Power Outage Affecting 1,200 Customers

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A ground squirrel photographed in a California public park. (David McNew/Getty Images)

A ground squirrel photographed in a California public park. (David McNew/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Power has been restored to all 1,200 PG&E customers in San Jose after a squirrel caused an outage that knocked out power to residents and businesses and caused major system-wide Caltrain delays, utility officials confirmed.

The outage was first reported around 8:20 a.m. and affected 1,180 customers in the city’s College Park neighborhood. One of those customers was Caltrain’s San Jose dispatching center, according to PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell.

The outage caused the dispatching center to fail and led trains to stop, creating major system-wide delays.

Power was restored to all customers around 11 a.m., Tell said.

The spokeswoman said a squirrel came into contact with some PG&E equipment in the area, causing the outage. The squirrel did not survive the encounter.

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