San Jose Homes Evacuated After Electric Poles Crash Into Mobile Home Park

Residents were evacuated after a vehicle crashed into an electrical pole and caused two poles to fall with live wires into a mobile home park in South San Jose, according to PG&E and the park's manager.

About 8:23 a.m. Monday morning, a vehicle struck an electrical pole on Allen Avenue, causing the pole to fall and pull a second pole down into the Villa Teresa Mobile Community near Santa Teresa Boulevard and Coleman Road, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

The fallen poles triggered an outage affecting 1,200 customers in the area, Sarkissian said.

People in three of the community's homes at 5680 Santa Teresa Blvd. were told to leave by San Jose police and firefighters while PG&E crews worked to install a new transformer and repair the lines on the fallen poles, the mobile home park's manager Lauralee Gafvert said.

Occupants of the one of the homes where the transformer fell with the pole will not be allowed back until repairs are completed, according to Gafvert.

One of the poles fell onto a carport of another unit that was evacuated and a third home was evacuated but not damaged. People living in those homes will be permitted to return in a couple of hours, she said.

No one was reported injured, she said.

Sarkissian said that power was restored Monday morning to all but 31 customers in the area. The remaining customers should have their power back by late this afternoon or early this evening, she said.

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