San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

February 10th, 2010
Two weekend crashes knock out city power

STAFF REPORT

In two separate incidents last weekend, vehicles crashed into utility poles, breaking the poles and causing power outages in portions of San Marcos, according to city officials.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 6, a car swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit a utility pole in the 400 block of Uhland Road, leaving about 120 residents in the area of Siesta Mobile Home Park without power. City crews worked through the night and restored power at about 7:40 a.m. No injuries or citations were reported.

A second power outage affected more than 600 customers early on Feb. 7, when a vehicle struck a pole at the intersection of Leah and McKinney Drives as the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The driver was transported by EMS to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No citations were issued.

The broken pole tripped a breaker at the Redwood Substation on Wonder World Drive, leaving about 600 residential customers and 20 commercial customers without power.

Electric utility workers for the city restored power to 371 residential customers within an hour, and another 246 customers at University Club Apartments and portions of Red Oak Village shopping center had power restored by 4:30 a.m. Power was restored to the rest of commercial customers in Red Oak Village by 11:30 a.m.

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