Power Goes Out at Valley Fair Mall in San Jose After Car Hits Light Pole

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    Valley Fair Mall in San Jose went dark Saturday after a power outage, affecting over 3,400 customers. - March 1, 2014.

    PG&E crews were out Saturday morning working to restore power to a few hundred homes still affected by the storm, but a power outage at a San Jose mall had nothing to do with the weather.

    The lights went out Saturday afternoon at Westfield Valley Fair shopping mall after a car hit a light pole near the mall, knocking over power lines, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    The blackout started just after 2 p.m. and affected over 3,400 customers. Most stores were forced to close for a few hours, while at least one, Nordstrom, was able to stay open because of a backup generator.

    Several people were trapped in an elevator inside the mall. Mall workers had to pry open the doors manually to get them out.

    According to the newspaper, power was restored early Saturday evening, giving customers a few hours to shop before the mall closes at 9 p.m.