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Man crashes pickup truck into power pole in Eureka

EUREKA- A motorist is facing life threatening injuries after crashing his vehicle into a power poll in Eureka Monday afternoon.

"All of a sudden, there was a big shake, and it felt like a big earthquake, and a big aftershock," said Lora Conner, who lives near where the accident occurred.

The accident took place next to the intersection of Hodgson Street and R Street on Monday.  First responders received a call at about 12:30 p.m. that a pickup truck had struck a power pole and swerved into a residence on Hodgson Street. Emergency officials found the driver unconscious, and he was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital with life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured in the incident. Authorities closed several blocks of Hodgson Street so PG&E crews could de-energize the downed power lines and clear debris. Fire officials remind bystanders to never get close to downed power lines in these situations.

"These lines, throughout the majority of the incident today, were in fact energized, carrying a substantial amount of voltage, 12,000 plus volts in those lines.  And contact with those lines by any person can absolutely be life threatening, and we urge people whenever they witness an incident, whether it's power lines that are in contact with a vehicle or just down in the street, to stay far clear of it because it's an extremely dangerous situation," said Battalion Chief Chris Jelinek with Humboldt Bay Fire.

Sixyty-eight homes are still without power, but PG&E officials expect power to be completely restored by 8 p.m. on Monday night.