Car hits 3 parked vehicles and power pole in Carmichael, creating small SMUD outage

A car hit parked vehicles and a power pole in Carmichael, leaving one lane of Fair Oaks Boulevard closed as crews work to clear live power lines, California Highway Patrol said Wednesday afternoon.

The collision happened just after 11:30 a.m. at Fair Oaks Boulevard and North Avenue, CHP said. The right lane of southbound Fair Oaks Boulevard is closed due to downed or sagging power lines just south of North Avenue.

The incident resulted when a gray two-door vehicle struck an electrical pole and three parked cars, according to CHP activity log entries. The driver was reportedly in a “decreased level of consciousness” following the collision and was transported to nearby Mercy San Juan hospital, according to CHP.

SMUD crews have been sent to the scene to handle the damaged power pole.

The utility’s online outage map showed that about 100 SMUD customers had lost power as of 12:30 p.m. due to the collision.

No other details regarding the collision were immediately available.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.