Walnut Creek police are investigating a single car crash on Pleasant Hill Road in front of the Palos Verdes mall after the driver smashed through a series of power poles, knocking out power to the surrounding neighborhood.
About 2,000 people were still without power at about 3:20 p.m., with readers saying their lights flickered and died soon after they heard the crash at about 2:20 p.m.
Police have closed the road in both directions to enable PG&E crews to removed the splintered poles and to restring live power lines brought down in the crash.
No injuries were reported, though neighbors said the driver of the involved Yukon was being interviewed by police. A Walnut Creek police spokesperson said later the police took no action against the driver as nothing illegal had occurred to cause the crash.
Neighbors in the immediate area of the crash and frequent patrons of the busy mall reported traffic restrictions into Friday morning as utility workers sought to remove the splintered poles, replace them and restring the necessary wiring.