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Officers hauling the San Diego County Sheriff's trailer back from the Avocado Festival on East Mission Road Sun., April 13 were one of the first to encounter a downed power line due to a car collision. The officers assisted with traffic control.
Officers hauling the San Diego County Sheriff's trailer back from the Avocado Festival on East Mission Road Sun., April 13 were one of the first to en...
A power pole was sheared off at ground level by a car on Sun., April 13 on East Mission Road about the time the Avocado Festival was wrapping up.
A power pole was sheared off at ground level by a car on Sun., April 13 on East Mission Road about the time the Avocado Festival was wrapping up.

Car shears power pole prompting road closure (photos added)

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Issue 16, Volume 18.

FALLBROOK - A driver sheared a power pole in Fallbrook Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close the roadway in the immediate area.

The vehicle struck the light pole off the side of East Mission Road near Valentine Lane about 4:15 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. No one was injured in the crash, a fire dispatcher said. Advertisement
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The impact knocked the power pole down and sent its lines across the roadway, prompting authorities to close the roadway between Capra Way and Valentine Lane, according to the CHP and fire officials.

Fire officials said the roadway would remain closed until about 6 p.m.

Electrical service was lost to seven area homes or businesses for a short time.



Comment Profile Imagesaw the car
Comment #1 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm
I wonder if the driver was distracted or looked away for a second, while driving (just wondering)? Luckily the car swerved off to the shoulder and not onto incoming traffic. By the mark and debri on the road, looks like the car simply veered off the road and smacked the pole. I drove past just minutes after it happened. The mobile Sherriff trailer that was leaving the Avocado festival pitched in with the traffic control. Traffic was looping into Valentine and out Capra. Be careful out there.
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #2 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Driving with those handcuffs, a real pain.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook res.
Comment #3 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm
This pole crashing is getting old! I'm 52 and have never hit a pole. I just don't get it.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #4 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm
Yes, I'll say it!

Why are some of these dang telephone poles so close to the road?! Isn't there some county or state guideline as to their prescribed location?! Hello! We all know the one or two poles along Reche down by the park that is/are RIGHT next to the road.


Of course it's just a matter of time before somebody plows into these poles that are located too close to the road. Where is the PERSONAL RESPONIBILITY of the state that ever-so virtuously claims that it is looking out for THE PEOPLE? Where?

Like I keep on telling you, our government -- ALL governments! -- does NOT care about THE PEOPLE! If it did, it wouldn't have placed this pole so close to the road in the first place but, instead, a far safer distance away.
Comment Profile ImageReally?
Comment #5 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Me thinks thou protest too much....
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm
I would laugh at comment #4 but I have a terrible feeling that he is actually serious..... oh what the heck... I'll laugh anyway.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #7 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm
Lee, you hate the government - and personnel responsibility is a PERSON's responsibility, not the states. The road is there because the government you hate put it there. Please try to keep you opinions organized, one time you bemoan that there is government, then the next it is not doing enough.
Comment Profile ImageKulMom
Comment #8 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm
oh Lee... Once again you've proven that its not a good idea to smoke and type.
Comment Profile ImageCaptain Obvious
Comment #9 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm
Methinks Lee needs to find more to do with his time...
Comment Profile ImageTerry Leather
Comment #10 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:19 am
You should never make fun of schitzophrenia...

yes, you should.
No, you shouldn’t.
Yes, you should.
No, you shouldn’t.
Yes, you should.
No, you shouldn’t.
Yes, you should.
No, you shouldn’t.
Yes, you should.
Comment Profile ImageWizard of Fallbrook
Comment #11 | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 7:04 am
Another texting and driving accident.....same as the one on mission Rd. Thursday....Put down the phone....
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #12 | Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm
@wizard - what leads you to believe it was texting? I keep seeing these finger pointing about cell use, based on what information? Until I hear differently from CHP, I believe a rabbit ran in front of the car and the driver swerved to avoid it.
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #13 | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 7:31 am
Would you swerve into oncoming traffic or mow down a telephone pole to avoid hitting a rabbit?
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #14 | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm
@Preston - about as likely to do that as to text when driving. My point was that people make assumptions (texting) and state them as fact while no one yet knows. Used to be all the wrecks were blamed on DUI.
Comment Profile ImageZZZ
Comment #15 | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm
As a relative of many Allstate agents, they are saying, "We are throwing our hands up in the air - what can we do?" Since texting and teenagers, their claims have over doubled in deaths and tripled in accidents since 2010- mostly rear-ending.

Not saying any of the accidents are from texting - but according to the agents statistics, it is highly likely.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #16 | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm
@ZZZ - I am not saying it was NOT texting - I am just asking that people stop making statements that "another texting" until we know; why slander or accuse someone of something - esp when they are not able to defend themselves. Teens, and others have been having accidents since way before the cell phone.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #17 | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 7:38 am
"Personal responsibility! Personal responsibility! Personal responsibility . . . "

If that's the case, why don't we just install these poles in the middle of a road? After all, it's the driver's . . . personal responsibility to avoid hitting them, right?
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #18 | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 8:29 am
You are correct people should not make assumptions and/or make ridiculous comments however let’s be honest, the recent accidents (unless caused by mechanical or medical failure) are due to some driver error/distraction and I have difficulty believing there was a rabbit involved. Many of these recent accidents especially on the 76 have been horrific and similar in nature and by that I mean cars crossing the center line and hitting oncoming traffic head on, no breaking, no apparent reason (like your rabbit) no drugs or alcohol etc. so as much as I do not like assumptions I do believe we all need to do something about texting and maybe the best way to bring it to everyone’s attention is to start beating the drum just as Mother's did about DUI’s.
Again, I dislike the assumptions as much as you however I have to say, every-time I drive and that is every-time, especially in my pickup truck, I see people (lots of them) texting and it is very troubling to me -- I have a family out there.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #19 | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:10 am
Shall we cut down all the beautiful trees along the roadways as well Lee, just in case one of them decides to jump out in front of you?

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