About 2,700 customers were left without power for a time Monday in central Fresno after a truck ran into a fire hydrant and a power pole, the Fresno Fire Department reported.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was called in to shut down power lines after the crash, which took place shortly before 9 a.m. on the south side of McKinley Avenue just east of Highway 41. Fresno Fire Department spokesman Koby Johns said the power lines were shut down as a safety precaution because of concerns that live power lines could energize water flooding from the broken hydrant.
Johns said the driver of the truck, which was carrying plastering materials, said that the crash occurred after his brakes failed. He was not injured.
It took firefighters until about 10 a.m. to shut down water gushing from the hydrant because a shutoff valve was jammed. City workers had to close off another water main to stop the water flow.
Power was restored about 2:20 p.m. to the last of the affected customers, said PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles.
Bee staff writer Diana Aguilera contributed to this report. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6339, email@example.com or @jimguy27 on Twitter.