Car shears power pole prompting road closure (photos added)

FALLBROOK – A driver sheared a power pole in Fallbrook Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close the roadway in the immediate area.

The vehicle struck the light pole off the side of East Mission Road near Valentine Lane about 4:15 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. No one was injured in the crash, a fire dispatcher said.

The impact knocked the power pole down and sent its lines across the roadway, prompting authorities to close the roadway between Capra Way and Valentine Lane, according to the CHP and fire officials.

Fire officials said the roadway would remain closed until about 6 p.m.

Electrical service was lost to seven area homes or businesses for a short time.

19 Responses to "Car shears power pole prompting road closure (photos added)"

  1. saw the car   April 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I wonder if the driver was distracted or looked away for a second, while driving (just wondering)? Luckily the car swerved off to the shoulder and not onto incoming traffic. By the mark and debri on the road, looks like the car simply veered off the road and smacked the pole. I drove past just minutes after it happened. The mobile Sherriff trailer that was leaving the Avocado festival pitched in with the traffic control. Traffic was looping into Valentine and out Capra. Be careful out there.

  2. Ray (the real one)   April 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Driving with those handcuffs, a real pain.

  3. Fallbrook res.   April 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    This pole crashing is getting old! I’m 52 and have never hit a pole. I just don’t get it.

  4. Lee   April 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Yes, I’ll say it!

    Why are some of these dang telephone poles so close to the road?! Isn’t there some county or state guideline as to their prescribed location?! Hello! We all know the one or two poles along Reche down by the park that is/are RIGHT next to the road.


    Of course it’s just a matter of time before somebody plows into these poles that are located too close to the road. Where is the PERSONAL RESPONIBILITY of the state that ever-so virtuously claims that it is looking out for THE PEOPLE? Where?

    Like I keep on telling you, our government — ALL governments! — does NOT care about THE PEOPLE! If it did, it wouldn’t have placed this pole so close to the road in the first place but, instead, a far safer distance away.

  5. Really?   April 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Me thinks thou protest too much….

  6. Pink   April 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I would laugh at comment #4 but I have a terrible feeling that he is actually serious….. oh what the heck… I’ll laugh anyway.

  7. grunt   April 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Lee, you hate the government – and personnel responsibility is a PERSON’s responsibility, not the states. The road is there because the government you hate put it there. Please try to keep you opinions organized, one time you bemoan that there is government, then the next it is not doing enough.

  8. KulMom   April 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    oh Lee… Once again you’ve proven that its not a good idea to smoke and type.

  9. Captain Obvious   April 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Methinks Lee needs to find more to do with his time…

  10. Terry Leather   April 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    You should never make fun of schitzophrenia…

    yes, you should.
    No, you shouldn

  11. Wizard of Fallbrook   April 18, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Another texting and driving accident…..same as the one on mission Rd. Thursday….Put down the phone….

  12. grunt   April 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    @wizard – what leads you to believe it was texting? I keep seeing these finger pointing about cell use, based on what information? Until I hear differently from CHP, I believe a rabbit ran in front of the car and the driver swerved to avoid it.

  13. Preston   April 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Would you swerve into oncoming traffic or mow down a telephone pole to avoid hitting a rabbit?

  14. grunt   April 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    @Preston – about as likely to do that as to text when driving. My point was that people make assumptions (texting) and state them as fact while no one yet knows. Used to be all the wrecks were blamed on DUI.

  15. ZZZ   April 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    As a relative of many Allstate agents, they are saying, "We are throwing our hands up in the air – what can we do?" Since texting and teenagers, their claims have over doubled in deaths and tripled in accidents since 2010- mostly rear-ending.

    Not saying any of the accidents are from texting – but according to the agents statistics, it is highly likely.

  16. grunt   April 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    @ZZZ – I am not saying it was NOT texting – I am just asking that people stop making statements that “another texting” until we know; why slander or accuse someone of something – esp when they are not able to defend themselves. Teens, and others have been having accidents since way before the cell phone.

  17. Lee   April 21, 2014 at 7:38 am

    "Personal responsibility! Personal responsibility! Personal responsibility . . . "

    If that’s the case, why don’t we just install these poles in the middle of a road? After all, it’s the driver’s . . . personal responsibility to avoid hitting them, right?

  18. Preston   April 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

    You are correct people should not make assumptions and/or make ridiculous comments however let

  19. Pink   April 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Shall we cut down all the beautiful trees along the roadways as well Lee, just in case one of them decides to jump out in front of you?


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