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Motorist Swerves to Avoid Downed Power Lines, Crashes

The power lines were down and power out on Via Canon, just south of the Camino Las Ramblas exit from the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in Capistrano Beach.

Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson
Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson

A motorist suffered minor injuries after swerving to avoid downed power lines at a Dana Point intersection and crashing amid a power outage, crashed, resulting in a minor injury, while the area endured a power an Orange County sheriff's lieutenant said today.

The power lines were down on Via Canon, just south of the Camino Las Ramblas exit from the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. John Roche.

"Cars were swerving and one car crashed," Roche said. One of the parties involved suffered a minor elbow injury.

The crash closed the freeway off-ramp, Camino Las Ramblas and Via Canon, Roche said.

During this time, San Diego Gas and Electric noted two power outages in the area on its website. One affected 2,039 customers in Dana Point, Capistrano Beach and San Juan Capistrano and the other affected 369 customers in communities near  the crash site.

The utility expected to have power restored in the early morning hours, according to its website.

--City News Service


Ann Romano June 02, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Thanks, Becky. That area is a mess anyway because of all the construction!
Smokey Bear June 02, 2014 at 03:10 PM
I have reported a phone pole that was leaning at a 45 degree angle before on the hiking trails above Cerra Rebal & was concerned about it falling & starting a major wilderness fire & I got no reply from the city of San Juan. I also called after witnessing phone pole wires being stretched like rubber bands when there was a large earthquake & I was on the same trail. There was another phone pole leaning after that towards the new houses on La Pata & no one responded to me saying that they should check it out. Just thought that was interesting also. Noone seems to care about hazards, with fire & electricity.
Nancy June 02, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Gosh, Becky, that is just crazy that the fire department (what, 2 blocks away at most?) wasn't informed. 45 minutes is unacceptable.
Ann Romano June 02, 2014 at 06:11 PM
We had a leaning pole on the edge of our lot. I had to go through the Dana Point Parks Dept. to have it taken out. They had to work with SDGE & the company who used the pole for service (AT&T, Cox) to transfer it to a new pole...took a while.
Ann Romano June 02, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Of course, that doesn't explain the tardy 911 response. Thank goodness for the citizen response!

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