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SAN DIEGO – San Diego police rescued one person Friday morning after they crashed into a power pole and became trapped in their truck by live power lines.

Two people were in the Toyota Tundra truck when they lost control and slammed into the pole on Mercury Street west of SR-163 in Kearny Mesa. The force of the crash caused a small explosion on the power pole and brought it crashing down onto the hood and roof of the truck.

Firefighters arrived around 1:20 a.m. and worked to rescue a woman trapped in the vehicle. They cut power to the lines in order to protect the woman and the crews trying to rescue her. This left several homes in the area without power. Electricity was restored to a majority of homes a short time later, though some residents remained without power as of 6 a.m. Friday.

The driver of the truck was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.  No one was hurt.


  • Stokely

    In defense of the drunk driver, it was the power pole’s fault because it was in the way (even though had the power pole not been there, he might just have driven into a house and killed someone). God, the only thing I hate more than drunk drivers are macho truck-driving drunk drivers. If you’re at least going to drink and drive, drive a motorcycle or a compact car (I know that really doesn’t make the situation better) but he’s driving a tank-size killing machine. Smh.

  • Tiffany

    they forgot to mention the car he totaled before he hit the pole. My car (a college student that recently paid it off) of which his insurance won’t pay for. It’s the only thing I had to my name. I hope whoever he is he feels remorse for what he did.

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