Man crashes into power pole, causes outage in Oceanside after swerving to avoid coyote


Last updated 1/20/2020 at 10:15am

OCEANSIDE (CNS) - A man crashed into a power pole after swerving to avoid a coyote on an Oceanside street, causing an outage that left just over 900 customers without power Monday morning, authorities said.

The crash was reported around 3:05 a.m. in the 200 block of El Camino Real, Oceanside Police Sgt. Josh Morris said.

A 36-year-old man was driving a sedan on El Camino Real when he swerved to avoid a coyote and struck a power pole, Morris said.

The car overturned and ended up on its roof, but no injuries were reported, the sergeant said, adding that intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash.

An outage was reported around the same time in the Oceanside area, affecting about 905 customers, according to the San Diego Gas & Electric online outage map.

As of 8:30 a.m., power was restored to all but 182 customers, according to SDG&E. The remaining customers were expected to have power back by 4 p.m. Monday.


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