A garbage truck making a narrow turn on Hillcrest Drive and Short Lane near downtown Sonora crashed into a power pole Friday morning and knocked out power for approximately 145 residents in the neighborhood.
Brandi Merlo, corporate relations representative for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, said the garbage truck knocked out power at approximately 9:51 a.m.
Crews would likely be replacing the pole entirely to bring back power to the neighborhood, she said.
“I can almost guarantee that they are replacing the pole,” Merlo said.
She added that power was knocked out for residents living on Summit Avenue, Hillcrest Avenue, Hope Lane, Pasadena Avenue and Pasadena Avenue.
Power was expected to be on for all residents in the area by 8 p.m. on Friday.
After 1 p.m., a green Waste Management garbage truck was lodged against the bent power pole, which broke near the top corner of where it was hit by the garbage truck.
Two people with yellow Waste Management vests near the vehicle declined to comment.
An employee of Ahearn’s Towing coordinated an effort to pull the garbage truck slowly away from the power pole with a chain.
PG&E workers at the scene latched the top of the power pole with a crane device from their vehicle.
Merlo said there was also a planned outage in the Twain Harte area on Friday morning for scheduled maintenance from 8:16 a.m. to 2:12 p.m. that affected 114 people.
The specific street names were not available because power had been restored to the area, she said.