Crane Clips Power Lines; Thousands In Dark

By | February 19, 2008

Crane Clips Power Lines Thousands In Dark

A crane on a barge hit power lines over the Sacramento River, leaving thousands of people without power Thursday evening.The barge was turning around in the Deep Water Channel at about 6:15 p.m. when the crane hit the lines, the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said.The transmission lines went into the water, PG&E said. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the uncharged lines don’t pose an immediate threat to boaters.

PG&E estimated power wouldn’t be restored for about 5,600 customers until early afternoon Friday. Power for another 3,000 customers might be back late Thursday night.At about the same time as the crane’s crash, a vehicle hit a pole in the 3000 block of Peter Island Road. Officials initially said the car crash caused some outages, but PG&E later said the crane was to blame.


Some fool attacked screens, door hinges and broke a window trying to get into the building where I work during the power outage, but someone is around almost 24/7 in “Area 52” so they got scared off.

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