An early-morning automobile accident led to a power outage for much of Downtown Turlock Saturday morning, preventing many businesses from opening at their regularly scheduled time.
The incident began at 4:37 a.m., when a car struck a power pole at the intersection of Golden State Boulevard and Crane Avenue, the Turlock Irrigation District said.
The collision took out a 50-foot pole, as well as 300 feet of wire. Both had to be replaced by TID crews.
Making matters more difficult, the broken pole was knocked down into the middle of Golden State Boulevard, requiring TID to control traffic in the area. The Turlock Police Department report that there were no significant traffic issues, though Golden State Boulevard was temporarily closed to traffic for repairs to take place.
And the pole carried data lines as well, requiring AT&T to become involved in the fix.
By 5:35 a.m., power was restored to “a decent amount of customers,” according to TID Power Control.
Electricity was restored to all but three businesses – 10 East Kitchen and Tap House, Sunsports, and the Turlock Chamber of Commerce – by 9:31 a.m. Those three remaining businesses should have their power restored soon, TID Power Control said.
“We're still in a holding pattern today because of the power outage downtown,” 10 East Kitchen and Tap House posted to its Facebook page at roughly 11:30 a.m. “Our hope, and goal, is to be open at 5 p.m. for dinner service, but it all revolves around when power is restored. Thanks for your patience.”
Photo: David Fransen