Over 1,600 PG&E customers in St. Helena were left without power early this morning, when a single-car accident on Silverado Trail near Zinfandel Lane wiped out a power pole, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident also caused a seven-hour closure of Silverado Trail, as live power lines were lying on the road as a result of the accident.
The motorist, identified as Isaac Anjejo, 23, of Loma Linda, lost control of his vehicle at about 5:20 a.m. and struck a power pole on the opposite side of the road. The impact caused power lines to fall into the Highway, CHP said.
As of noon, today, Silverado Trail was still closed to through traffic.
The outage began at about 5:20 a.m. and intially affected 1,652 customers. By 10 a.m., power had been restored to all but 20 customers in the area, a PG&E spokeswoman said.
The Silverado Trail was open to controlled one-lane traffic at 1:20 p.m., once the power poles were re-erected and wired, according to CHP Officer Lisa Paulson. It is not known at this time how long the controlled traffic conditions will be in effect.
The accident took place between Pope Street and Zinfandel Lane. Anjejo was traveling in a northbound direction, driving a 1999 Toyota. He was not seriously injured.
At this time it's unknown why Angelo’s vehicle careened off the Trail, the CHP said. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the accident.