Power restored to more than 3,000 Placer County residents after vehicle hits power pole

Power has been restored to the 3,400 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in Placer County who were without power for hours Tuesday evening after a vehicle struck a power pole along Ophir Road.

Brandi Ehlers, a PG&E spokeswoman, said the outage began at 3:20 p.m. when the vehicle hit a pole carrying transmission lines along Ophir Road, which she likened to a power highway. About 9,000 customers initially were affected in the Newcastle, Loomis, Penryn and Auburn areas. Ehlers said crews had been rerouting power, restoring service to all but 3,400 customers as of 6:30 p.m.

She said the pole will have to be replaced and some customers are expected to be without power for an additional four to eight hours. Ehlers said crews were trying to reroute power to as many customers as possible before undertaking the pole replacement.

Bee Reporter Ellen Garrison contributed to this report. Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.