More than 3,000 customers were left without electricity early Friday after a hit-and-run driver crashed into power poles in Sun Valley.

The power cut happened after a Chevrolet Avalanche smashed into several power poles and a fire hydrant on the 8100 block of Lankershim Boulevard at 1:09 a.m, Los Angeles Police Department said. The sheared hydrant was shooting several hundred feet into the air, across down power lines, which were still live, making access to the vehicle difficult.

Power was out for blocks in all directions.

Lankershim Boulevard was shut in both directions for several blocks while the power and water was shut off. Water gushing from the damaged hydrant has been contained.

Around 1,900 of those customers affected had their power restored just after 6:10 a.m, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said. Just more than 1,000 customers were without power by 10 a.m.

A hazerdous materials clean-up will be necessary, as the driver’s truck leaked oil after striking the hydrant and poles.

Source: NBC Los Angeles



Thousands of people in Southern California were left without power on Friday after a hit an run driver knocked out several power poles in Sun Valley. Authorities say that the power outage occurred after a Chevrolet truck collided with several power poles and a fire hydrant on Lankerskim Blvd at approximately 1 am. Power was out for several blocks during the outage. It took about 5 hours until power was restored to 1900 homes in the surrounding area, and by 10am just more than a thousand homes were still without power.

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