Sep 12, 2014 10:04 AM
UPDATE: 19 people left without power as of 10:00 a.m., power restored for part of Willows around 8:30 a.m.
A semi-truck accident between Orland and Artois has left over 3,000 PG&E customers in the Willows-Orland area and portions of Elk Creek without power Friday morning.
The accident was just before 6:00 a.m. on County Road 27 and M. The driver of the semi-truck was distracted by the radio, lost control and struck a power line. The accident then caused a small grass fire in the area, which was put out within minutes, and a power outage affecting over 3,000 in Willows and parts of Elk Creek.
The road remained closed for a few hours and traffic was re-routed. The power line fell onto the truck but the driver was not injured. PG&E says incidents like this could result in electrocution.
"There's always that hazard if you have a wire laying on a vehicle that that line could be energized still and you can't take that chance of getting out of the vehicle," David Kelly of PG&E says. "The best place, as long as the vehicle is not on fire, is to stay in the vehicle."
PG&E says 19 customers remain without power as of 10 a.m., and estimate power to be restored by 4:00 p.m.
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