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Crash Causes Thousands to Lose Power in Malibu

As many as 3,210 customers lost power in Malibu, and power should be restored by 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Southern California Edison.

More than 3,000 Southern California Edison customers lost power Tuesday when a vehicle crashed into a power pole, sparking a half-acre brush fire in Malibu.

The crash was reported at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday on Latigo Canyon Road at Ocean View Road, California Highway Patrol Officer N. Smith said. (Read more about the cause of the crash:

The downed poles damaged two Edison circuits, impacting two areas around Latigo Canyon Road, according to Paul Klein, a spokesman for SCE.

The first outage impacted 973 customers, but 799 got the power back almost immediately, Klein said. The 174 remaining customers remained without power.

The boundary stretched from Corral Canyon Road to the north, Pacific Coast Highway to the south, Malibu Colony Road to the east and Ocean View Drive to the west.

The second outage hit 2,237 customers, but power was quickly restored to 1,094 customers, according to Klein.

The remaining 943 are still without power from Ocean View Drive to the north, Pacific Coast Highway to the south, Via Cataldo to the east and Zumeriz Drive to the west, he said.

The electricity was mostly restored for both outages by 4 p.m., Klein said.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, three customers remained without power, which should be restored by 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Ann Tomkins July 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Any news on why a vehicle hit the power pole? Was anyone injured?
Jessica E. Davis July 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The California Highway Patrol says the woman swerved to avoid a coyote and that there were no injuries.
Nancy Rosenquist July 25, 2012 at 06:03 PM
What was the driver's name? Do we know yet?

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