PACIFICA (CBS SF) — Motorists should expect heavy delays on northbound State Highway 1 in Pacifica near Fassler Avenue Saturday after an overnight crash knocked down a power pole, county officials said.
At approximately 10:45 p.m., Pacifica Police Department and North County Fire Authority units responded to a solo vehicle collision on northbound State Highway 1 between Fassler Avenue and Reina Del Mar Drive.
The involved vehicle collided with a power pole, causing the pole to break and the live power lines to fall across the vehicle.
Pacifica power pole collision (Pacifica Police Dept.)
The power pole was suspended precariously from the power lines overhead. The crash also caused a power outage in the area. PG&E crews responded to the scene and were able to deactivate the lines.
The occupants were safely removed from the vehicle and only minor injuries were reported.
State Highway 1 was closed in both directions as crews cleared the vehicle. Southbound lanes were reopened to through traffic at about 11:40 p.m., while northbound lanes reopened a short time later at 12:25 a.m.
The right-hand lane has remained closed to accommodate crews working to restore the damaged pole. Motorists should take state Highway 92 to Interstate Highway 280 from locations south of the area as an alternative route.
The right-hand lane is expected to re-open around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, county officials said.
MONTEREY COUNTY (CBS SF) — With a “significant” storm expected along the Pacific coast in the Big Sur area sometime Tuesday, Caltrans has issued an advisory for drivers who use State Highway 1 in the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas in Monterey County to prepare for possible weather-related closures of the highway in those areas, Caltrans said Sunday.
The possible Highway 1 closures would be at Mud Creek, 8.9 miles north of the San Luis Obispo County line, and at Paul’s Slide, 21.6 miles north of the county line.
Caltrans spokeswoman Susana Cruz noted that both areas suffered major mud and rock slides in the past few years, and are still “settling” following those episodes.
“These slides need time to stabilize and get used to themselves, to settle,” Cruz said. “This is the first winter after the big slides, and they are still settling.”
This 48-hour warning is primarily for residents of these areas to stock up on provisions and make alternative travel arrangements, and for travelers to find other routes around the Big Sur area.
Cruz said the advisory will be reevaluated Monday, and more information about the pending Tuesday storm is available.
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