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July 17, 2024

Crash damages power pole, snarls traffic

WATSONVILLE—A pickup truck driver sheared a utility pole on South Green Valley Road at Main Street Wednesday, causing a major traffic jam and power outages.

Watsonville Police Department Sgt. Donny Thul said the male driver of a white pickup, towing a large soil disking tool, clipped a utility pole just after noon, leaving power and communication lines dangling from the severed pole.

WPD shut down eastbound South Green Valley Road from Main Street to allow for crews to correct the issue.

A crew from PG&E arrived within minutes to de-energize the lines and begin the repair, including a replacement of the towering, wooden pole.

PG&E spokesperson Mayra Tostado said 2,423 customers lost power throughout the ordeal. Their power was restored Wednesday evening.

There were no injuries reported, Thul said. The driver of the pickup stopped at a nearby church parking lot and was cooperating with police.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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