About 15,000 SMUD customers suffered a power outage Wednesday morning between North Highlands and Citrus Heights, according to the company’s outage map.
Power was restored to the North Highlands area by 8:15 a.m., with more than 1,000 Citrus Heights customers still without power as of that time, the map showed.
The outage map before 8 a.m. showed 15,000 customers affected by the outage.
At 7:50 a.m., Citrus Heights police dispatcher Mark King sent an email alert saying a vehicle collision near Auburn Boulevard and Greenback Lane had downed power lines and was stalling traffic. The non-injury crash forced a temporary closure of Auburn Boulevard between Manzanita Way and Greenback. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District tweeted that roads in the area were “highly congested” due to the collision.
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SMUD spokeswoman Sarah Sciandri initially said the main North Highlands outage did not appear to be caused by a car accident but was instead due to a “feeder outage.” However, SMUD later tweeted that a “car into power pole” was the cause of the large-scale outage.
At 1:30 p.m., more than 500 customers remained without power. SMUD’s outage map estimated the time of restoration as 1:40 p.m.