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Traffic accident on Chester Avenue causes power outage in Bakersfield

Posted at 4:29 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 19:51:00-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a rollover crash that has knocked out power to more than two thousand people.

This crash happened just after 4 p.m. near North Chester Avenue and Merle Haggard Drive. According to the CHP traffic website, a silver pickup truck rolled damaging a traffic signal pole before going off of the road and into a nearby property.

There's no word on any potential injuries at this point.

Officials reported that there was also damage to an adjacent power pole and that a transformer blew as a result of the crash. The damage to that power pole has knocked out power to more than 2,600 customers.

According to the PG&E website, crews are on their way to asses the damage and power is expected to be restored by 9:15 p.m.

This is a developing story -- we'll keep you updated on the latest from PG&E as we learn more.