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CHP: Lanes on Stockdale Hwy reopen after semi crashes into power pole

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Posted at 3:45 AM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 20:32:27-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: CHP says all lanes to Stockdale & Nord are now open following a traffic collision involving a big rig.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Stockdale Highway in west Bakersfield is closed in both directions while PG&E crews repair power lines knocked down by a semi truck, CHP officials said.

According to officers, around 2:58 a.m., the driver of the semi, Dhanakrit Mann, 25, made an unsafe turning movement and drove off the road. He crashed into a power pole on Stockdale Highway west of Nord Avenue, and the pole blocked lanes in the area.

Mann received minor injuries.

A van drove through power lines and was damaged, but no one in that vehicle was injured, officials said.

According to Pacific Gas & Electric, 152 customers were without power in the area.