Fiery Big Rig Crash Leaves Thousands Without Power in San Diego
San Diego, CA – Thousands of San Diego residents were left without power after a fiery semi-truck crash downed power lines and created water geysers in the early morning hours on Friday.
The incident took place around 1:45 a.m. on Friday near the San Diego Naval Base, the San Diego Police (SDP) reported.
According to local media outlet 10News, police believe the driver of the tractor-trailer “somehow” lost control of the truck.
The driver swerved into “at least” two power poles before striking two fire hydrants, causing two geysers.
The truck continued to skid across the road and finally crashed into parked vehicles around the intersection of 30th and Main Streets, investigators say.
The truck’s fuel tanks erupted into flames upon impact, according to officials.
Amazingly, SDP didn’t report any injuries, even with some of the downed power lines laying in water.
“We had major access issues because of the fact that we had power lines across the street and the pooling water,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Battalion Chief Dan Eddy said.
They said the trucker, who’s identity has not yet been released, was transported to the hospital for evaluation, but was not seriously injured.
The destruction of the neighborhood, however, is a different story.
SDP confirms fire crews were successfully able to contain the fire before any serious damage was caused to nearby businesses and homes.
The truck was completely damaged in the fire.
NBC8 field reporter, Steve Fiorina, was on the scene and estimated the geysers to be shooting 100 feet high.
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The city water department was able to shut off the water to stop the geysers around 4:30 a.m., and the electric company shut down power lines in the immediate area.
The exact number of reported residents without power has not been confirmed, but NCB7 said the number could be in excess of 4,700.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) said as of 6 a.m. local time, almost 2,000 of those residents remained without power.
SPD urges motorists to avoid the area as clean-up crews are still on-scene.
The incident remains under investigation.
(Photo shared courtesy of 10News)
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