Semi truck crash caused 2K to lose power in Chico

More than 2,000 Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers in Chico were without power Tuesday due to a crash between a semi truck and a power line.

Posted: Jul 2, 2019 11:55 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 12:46 AM

UPDATE 3:17 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - As of 3:15 p.m. there were still approximately 100 customers without electricity in this area of southwest Chico. The intersection may be closed as late as 10 p.m. due to PG&E repairs to damaged equipment. (See bottom of article for area of power outage and photo of the semi truck)

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UPDATE 1:23 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - The intersection of W. 8th St. and Walnut St. may be closed until as late as 10 p.m. according to police.

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UPDATE Monday, 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - A spokesperson for the Chico Police Department said law enforcement is leaving the scene of the power line crash and PG&E crews are staying at the scene to continue the repairs.  The request to stay away from a two-block radius of the scene has been rescinded by police.

According to PG&E approximately 35 homes are still without electricity due to the incident.

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UPDATE 11:59 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - The Chico Police Department is asking people in Chico to avoid the intersection of W. 8th Street and Walnut Street because of a crash.

A semi truck took out several powerlines, causing the PG&E power outage. The truck was carrying a "low boy" cylinder of water which was too tall the clear the power lines. A transformer ended up catching fire but the Chico Fire Department was able to put it out quickly.

According to police there is a lot of traffic backed up.

PG&E is cleaning up at the scene. They say power should be restored by 2 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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CHICO, Calif. - More than 2,000 Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers in Chico are without power Tuesday. The location is in the southwest portion of the City of Chico, generally near W. 8th Street and Nord, W. Sacramento Avenue, and River Road.

According to the utility company, they are investigating the cause of the outage.

Currently the power is expected to be restored by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Keep checking this article for new details, as new information becomes available. We have a reporter heading to the area to get more information about the power outage.

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