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Downed power pole closes Horseshoe Bar Road, 23 homes lose power

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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Horseshoe Bar Road is closed between Interstate-80 and the stop sign at the T of Horseshoe Bar Road, while utility crews replace a downed power pole.

According to Placer County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bob Brodovsky, a pickup truck driver, who apparently fell asleep at the wheel, hit the power pole in a solo car accident. Brodovsky said the accident occurred at 11:30 a.m.

He said the driver was heading southbound at about 25 m.p.h. on Horseshoe Bar Road and fell asleep. The truck crossed the road and hit the pole, sheering it near the base. Brodovsky said the driver, the only occupant in the vehicle, was not injured and the vehicle did not sustain heavy damage, but had to be towed.

The pole did not fare as well. Crews on scene said PG&E is sending a large truck to lift the pole and will have to put in a new one. AT&T crews were also on scene to repair damage to their lines that are on the pole. They said a number of AT&T customers are without phone service.

Brandi Ehlers, spokesperson with PG&E, said 22 Loomis customers and one Penryn customer are affected by the power outage. She said the outage is on Horseshoe Bar Road from Val Verde to Brace roads and along Barton Road from Brace to Rocklin roads.

She said once the PG&E pole replacement truck arrives, it takes the crew six to eight hours to remove a damaged pole, put in a new pole and reconnect the wires.

AT&T workers said they will not able to repair their wires until the new pole is completed. They also said the road will remain closed even though the pole is not on the road because it could move and swing back into the road.

Horseshoe Bar Road resident Doug Alberts said he heard a “big boom” when the truck hit the pole and then his home lost power. He said he had a construction crew working on his house and said much of the work had to be put on hold because their power tools couldn’t work.

“They can still paint, though,” he said.