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A Fairfield police officer documents the scene of a van crash near Fermi Drive and Lopes Road in Fairfield, Monday. The van, containing only the driver, veered off the road, hit a power transformer box on the side of Lopes Road and ended up in a nearby field. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Crash causes power outage near I-80/680 interchange

By From page A6 | April 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A van veered into a box containing high-voltage power equipment at Lopes Road and Fermi Drive on Monday, briefly causing a fire and cutting off the power for nearby businesses and schools – including Rodriguez High School and Solano Community College.

Fairfield police said the van contained only the driver, who was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

More than 1,500 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in Fairfield were initially without power. A PG&E outage map depicted the initial area as starting near the Fermi Drive area and the Interstates 80 and 680 interchange and continuing northward into Suisun Valley.

PG&E reported an outage that affected 1,620 customers in the Fairfield area began at 1:38 p.m. Six customers still lacked power by 4:15 p.m., according to PG&E. Power was fully restored shortly before 5 p.m.

Robinson Kuntz contributed to this report. Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected]

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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