An early morning traffic accident – a vehicle versus a power pole at McKinley and Yosemite avenues – shut off the lights in stores north of the Highway 120 Bypass and as far east as Union Road and McKinley on the west on Tuesday
The damaged pole was located northwest of the usually busy Costco shopping center, less than a mile away. The Costco gas station as well as the main store were temporarily closed as a result of the power pole incident due to a lack of power.
Traffic lights were also affected at Airport Way and Winters Drive where street crews were busy putting out temporary stop signs to insure vehicles would stop for the cross traffic.
The bottom of the pole appeared to have been severed by the accident with the cross beams at four levels keeping the pole upright while some lines were seen dangling toward the ground.
A Costco employee stood in front of the store – with its rolled up and closed doors – telling customers the store was closed and would probably not open for two to two and a half hours because of the area wide power outage.
Despite the empty parking spaces in front and around the store customers continued to park and walk to the entrance where they learned Costco was actually closed for business temporarily until the power could be restored throughout the area.
The PG&E lines that were affected visually traveled down McKinley Avenue from Lathrop Road and crossed over the damaged pole that leaned to the east in a 30 degree angle. Utility crews responded to the scene quickly and a larger truck to reset the pole followed within half an hour.
The crews were able to bypass the damaged circuit and have the power back on in less than an hour and the traffic signals restored to their operating order with no traffic accidents being reported.