Story and photos by Kristen Spoon
Power was lost for almost two hours to businesses and residents near the intersection of Newport Road and Murrieta Road Tuesday afternoon following a collision between a trailer and a power pole and resulting explosion.
The trailer ultimately struck a guide wire leading to a power pole on the street in front of a Verizon Store on Newport Road, near a Texaco Station. It appeared some electrical device on the pole was the cause of the explosion. According to an officer on the scene, three transformers blew, leading to a power outage in the area.
It is unknown how many customers were affected by the outage. There were no injuries in the collision and neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in this case. Utility companies were notified to respond to the location and power was restored by about 3:45 p.m.
The investigation is continuing and anyone that may have witnessed the collision or may have further information is asked to call the Menifee Police Department Traffic Division at 951-210-1000.