SUTTER CREEK, Calif. (KTXL) — A driverless pickup truck that sped away down Highway 49 in Sutter Creek crashed into a utility pole Monday, causing thousands of people to lose power and other services.
Around 9 a.m., a driver who had stopped at a gas station on Highway 49 and Ridge Road was knocked over by his truck as it drove off without him, according to the Sutter Creek Police Department.
Police say a floor mat had been pushed against the accelerator, causing the pickup truck to drive away.
It then crashed into a utility pole along northbound Highway 49. As a result, 2,000 Pacific Gas and Electric, Comcast and AT&T customers lost service.
The driver sustained minor injuries and no one else was injured before the truck came to a stop.