Crashes in Lafayette and Orinda made getting around Lamorinda a bit more difficult than usual Tuesday, with power poles getting the short end of things in separate collisions.
A crash on Reliez Station at Richelle Court in Lafayette brought neighbors and police on the run mid afternoon, Tuesday. Luckily, traffic was quickly restored despite heavy damage to the pole by an errant driver.
Orinda police hope to have Moraga Way reopened by 8:30 p.m. (Ed. It turned out to be more like 7 a.m. Wednesday) after a crash took down a power pole at Brookside at 4:38 p.m. Luckily, no injuries were reported, although hundreds of homes were without power for as long as 12 hours.
Police said the driver told them they were using the vehicle’s cruise control when, for some reason, the car lurched to the right and hit the pole. The initial investigation found no evidence of alcohol or medical condition or drowsiness on the part of the operator.