A car crashed into a power pole in Anaheim today, knocking out power to thousands of customers. Photo via OnScene.TV
A car crashed into a power pole in Anaheim today, knocking out power to thousands of customers. Photo via OnScene.TV

A car crashed knocked out power to thousands of Anaheim residents Tuesday, leaving them without electricity as a heat wave drove up temperatures, but crews had most customers back online by early afternoon.

A motorist crashed into a power pole around 2:40 a.m. at West Svanna Street and Knott Avenue, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Adam Quinones. The pole was knocked to the ground. The cause of the crash was still under investigation, but the driver was not immediately cited, police said.

The downed pole, however, knocked out power to 3,521 customers, according to the city’s Ruth Ruiz. By about 1:30 p.m., that number was down to 347, she said.

Residents without air conditioning during the high temperatures were encouraged to visit “cooling centers” at public libraries and various community centers in the city, Ruiz said.

—City News Service

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