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Canyon Country Hit And Run Causes Outage, Under Investigation

Canyon Country Hit And Run Causes Outage, Under Investigation

Detectives from the Traffic Unit of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are investigating a hit-and-run crash in Canyon Country that took place Tuesday night around 11:40 p.m. 

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The crash, which was a single-vehicle collision that took place in the rear parking lot of 26700 Ruether Avenue, took down a power pole that left several homes and businesses in the area without power according to a statement from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“Sometime around midnight or so, someone drove into the back area and ran into the building (with a car) and snapped the pole off,” said Moses Woelke, estimator for Kenco Plumbing, which is located in the complex. “The pole is still there and the wires are not live.”

The driver crashed into a power pole’s supporting cable, which caused a nearby transformer to blow up and spark a nearby brush fire in the wash area located behind the businesses.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials noticed the blown transformer and reported it to Sheriff’s Station deputies, who began an investigation.

“We had security here, and fortunately, he was not electrocuted,” Woelke said. “The vehicle had left the premises by the time he had gotten out there.”

The crash took out a cable that supporting the power pole, causing the power pole to crash on to two Kenco plumbing trucks. 

Southern California Edison officials have been working on the scene since about 1 a.m., Woelke said, however the pole and cables still have the trucks trapped.

“We’re kind of at their mercy,” Woelke said, noting that the trucks looked operational.

“The one truck is a dump truck, that’s the one that took most of it — the flatbed truck door is dented and damaged the driver’s side door,” he added.

Kenco Plumbing has power and is open for business, however, several other facilities in the business complex are still without power.

“The blown transformer caused a power outage affecting many homes and businesses in Canyon Country for nearly three hours,” according to the Sheriff’s Department station. “Workers from the Santa Clarita City, Southern California Edison and Caltrans responded to the location to restore power.”

Shortly before midnight, 1,728 customers lost power in Canyon Country.

 Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff deputies are investigating a hit and run accident at this time.

No structures were damaged by the fire.

There is no further information available at this time, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.













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Canyon Country Hit And Run Causes Outage, Under Investigation

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