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Concord Utility Truck Crash Knocks Down Power Pole; Hundreds Lose Power

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Crews at the scene of a utility truck crash in Concord on Concord Boulevard near Hames Drive, August 18, 2014. CBS)

Crews at the scene of a utility truck crash in Concord on Concord Boulevard near Hames Drive, August 18, 2014. (CBS)

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CONCORD (CBS SF) — Part of a main thoroughfare in Concord was closed Monday morning after a truck crashed into a power pole, knocking out power to hundreds, authorities said.

The crash happened around 8:40 a.m. when the driver of a truck crashed into a power pole on Concord Boulevard near Hames Drive, according to Concord police Lt. Ivan Menchaca.

“We found a truck on its side with a severed utility pole with power lines, cable lines, etc lines dangling from the street,” said Menchaca.

Menchaca said the truck belonged to PG&E, but a spokeswoman for the utility said later Monday morning that the truck belonged to a third-party company.

The force of the crash caused the truck to turn over on its side and knocked down several power wires, police and fire officials said.

“The whole house shook!” said homeowner Debbie Fink. “I grabbed my little dog, ran out the door and the truck had crashed into the side of our house.”

The driver was uninjured and no other vehicles were involved.

The crash has shut down Concord Boulevard from Ayers Road to Trailcreek Court. Detours have been set up in the area.

About 1,750 PG&E customers lost power after the crash, but service was restored to all but 33 customers as of 11:45 a.m., according to PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian.

PG&E crews were assessing the damage and making repairs and are expected to remain at the scene until late this evening, Sarkissian said.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

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