City Truck Knocks Down 4 Power Poles in West Sacramento

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WEST SACRAMENTO -- Downed power lines that kept West Sacramento families hot and aggravated Monday finally got de-energized six hours into the ordeal, so those displaced could at least go back to their homes.

The problem was, with temperatures hovering hear the century mark, those homes didn't have working air conditioning, lights or refrigeration because PG&E was still making repairs.

West Sacramento's Public Works Director Steve Gunn says the problem started when a vacuum truck came to the area to drill some holes to help fix a water service break.

The boom on that truck somehow knocked down four power poles, tearing down as many as five lines and unplugging several city blocks.

Sameerah Ivory took in a very scared neighbor who'd been out watering her lawn when the crash happened.

"Sparks started flying; she came running across the street to us, so she didn't get electrocuted cuz she didn't now what was going on," Ivory said.

"We used our reverse 911 system to call everybody in that square mile that was affected," said West Sacramento Battalion Chief Jeff Bohnet. "So our dispatch center called them and notified them to shelter in place and then we went door to door and evacuated the residences that needed to be evacuated."

According to Gunn, the driver behind the wheel when this happened has been checked out and that neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in this crash.

The other circumstances are still being investigated at this time.

For anyone who might have had a refrigerator, freezer or deep freezer full of food, and is concerned about recouping that loss, you can go to the city of West Sacramento's website and file a claim.


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