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Reckless driver takes down electric pole in outer Richmond on Saturday night

Damage to an electrical pole on 37th Avenue after a driver slammed into it late Saturday night. Photo by Jim C

Reader Jim C sent us these photos of a PG&E crew working to replace an electric pole on 37th Avenue between Geary and Anza.

Late Saturday night / very early Sunday morning, a driver crashed into the pole and sheared it off at its base. The damaged pole led to loss of power for many nearby homes.

When Jim emailed us around 11am on Sunday morning, crews were still awaiting the arrival of the new pole for installation.

Reader Jean-Daniel also sent us a shot of the car that hit the pole, adding it “honked all night”.

Yowsa.

Sarah B.

Damage to an electrical pole on 37th Avenue after a driver slammed into it late Saturday night. Photo by Jim C

The car that hit the pole on 37th Avenue. Photo by @jdcryans

5 Comments

  1. There was another accident Saturday moring at about 3am on Fulton st btw 35th and 36th Ave. The car hit a parked car and flipped on it’s side.

  2. Wouldn’t it be nice to have PG&E underground the rats nest of overhead utility lines in our lifetimes. The City should exert pressure to do so … with urgency.

  3. What if it had happened during the day on Saturday and/or the damaged pole leaned the other way

  4. There is a long term plan to underground. It just costs a lot.
    With the thought of be careful for what you wish for…
    With overhead wires P,G & E has responsibility for the wires to the meter on your building. Once wires are placed underground, the wires from the “tie box” to your meter becomes your responsibility. If they ever go bad or say you want to put in a BIG charger for your electric car, the cost of the new cable will be on you not P,G&E. If that tie box is across the street it can get very expensive.

    Ask me how I know this 🙂

    JD.

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