UPDATE: Power Restored to Customers After Utility Truck Crashes into Pole, Overturns – Concord Blvd. Closed Until Tonight

August 18, 2014 12:58 pm · 16 comments

Heather Smith

Part of a main thoroughfare in Concord remains closed this afternoon after a truck crashed into a power pole earlier today, authorities said.

The crash happened this morning when the driver of a truck crashed into a power pole on Concord Boulevard near Hames Drive, according to Concord police Lt. Ivan Menchaca.

Several Claycordians originally reported the truck belonged to Astound, however, Menchaca said the truck belonged to PG&E, but a spokeswoman for the utility said later this 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 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. The road is expected to be closed until later this evening.

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.

Thanks to Heather Smith for the picture!

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1 Anon August 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Oops! 3rd party – intren

2 Elwood August 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Holy fackerel, what a muck up!

3 JKB August 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

When I picked my daughter up at Tabernacle School at noon, Concord Blvd was closed to all but local traffic at Bailey Road.

4 bela510 August 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

is it PAR Electric? PG&E has a contract with them and they have been illegally storing their vehicles behind the Salvation Army church on Clayton Road to do a PG&E contracted project in the area. The neighborhood has several complaints into the City due to noise, illegal storage and other violations on the property (Like starting trucks up 5am and dropping utulity polls on the pavement at 4am) but the City has given them 30 days to finish the project and leave.

5 Riff Raff August 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

It’s ASTOUNDING!

6 J. August 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I took a utility poll once. Never heard the results.

7 PAY ATTENTION WHEN SIGNALS ARE OUT August 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I was on Mt. Diablo Blvd around 2pm today when the driver of a light-colored (with some gold coloring also) Mini Cooper wasn’t paying attention and barreled right through a crosswalk, slamming on his or her brakes at an intersection that had portable 4-way stop signs set up due to the signal light not working. If there had been someone in the crosswalk he/she would have been seriously injured or killed. Luckily, other drivers WERE paying attention and avoided being hit by the Mini Cooper’s driver.

PAY ATTENTION WHEN YOU’RE OPERATING A MOVING VEHICLE THAT COULD KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE!!! HOW MANY TIMES MUST YOU BE REMINDED OF THIS????

8 Sacto Rob August 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Irony!

9 Blink August 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Was the text worth it?
Would think stats on this would be interesting?.
Fire hydrant, poles, roll overs…
Hope we hear cause of this one

10 Chris K August 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I cannot write the two words I could not help saying out loud when I saw this just now.. It starts with Oh..

11 Fire Hydrant Management August 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

No Fire Hydrants were harmed in the filming of this PSA

12 bigbry August 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Lol so true Blink I bet the dumbass was texting when he hit that pole lucky he didnt kill anyone

13 owl lady August 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Does anyone have Asstound service in the affected area? We do, and its been down all day.

14 JRConcord August 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

in technical terms. That is listed as,
Unauthorized acrobatics in a company vehicle.

15 anon August 19, 2014 at 3:12 AM

ah oh, no tv and internet withdrawal. what do i do, what do i do?!

16 bigbry August 19, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Well guess astound customers in the area will be getting one day credit

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