Power restored to most GWP customers after crane strikes utility pole

Crews were able to quickly restore power to most of the 551 Glendale Water & Power customers who lost electricity Thursday morning after a large crane struck a utility pole, officials said.

Two to three customers remained without power as of 11:15 a.m., but most customers were affected for less than 30 minutes, said Hector Gutierrez, the utility’s public benefits program coordinator.

Crews worked throughout the day to replace the damaged pole on Harvard Street.

A truck carrying the large crane was traveling east on Harvard Street, when it attempted to make a left into an alley and struck the power pole and line, causing the outage, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Police cited the truck’s operators because they didn’t have permits to operate the heavy-load truck, he added.

The outage affected customers in the areas of Brand Boulevard to Jackson Street and California Avenue to Colorado Street, Gutierrez said.

The utility notified customers of the outage by phone and posts on its Facebook page, he added.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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