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October 8, 2013

Accident knocks out power in Ceres

A boom truck belonging to a Pacific Gas & Electric contractor ran into power lines in Ceres on Tuesday morning, damaging two power poles and knocking out power to several nearby Turlock Irrigation District customers.

A boom truck belonging to a Pacific Gas & Electric contractor ran into power lines in Ceres on Tuesday morning, damaging two power poles and knocking out power to several nearby Turlock Irrigation District customers.

According to TID spokeswoman Michelle Reimers, the accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. on Whitmore Avenue.

PG&E spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt said the boom truck operator was doing gas line work when the boom hit the overhead power lines.

Nobody was injured, but two poles toppled and must be replaced.

The Ceres Police Department has closed Whitmore between Rose Avenue and Mitchell Road while repairs are made.

“We have to replace two poles, a transformer, several arms, and make repairs to both overhead and underground equipment,” Reimers said in an email.

Initially, the crash put 1,000 customers out of power; most were restored within 30 minutes. Roughly 250 customers lost power until 1:18 p.m., and another 125 suffered a longer outage. Reimers said workers estimated power would be fully restored by 6 p.m.

Liebelt said PG&E and TID employees are working together to solve the problem “as quickly and safely as possible.”

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