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Driver sleeps, crashes into pole

Soledad Canyon Road closed for more than an hour Saturday due to a severed electrical pole

Posted: February 21, 2009 11:19 p.m.
Updated: February 22, 2009 8:00 a.m.
A male driver fell asleep at the wheel, hit and broke an electrical pole on Soledad Canyon Road leading to a street closure for more than an hour late Saturday afternoon, according to a report from Lt. Robert Lewis of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department.

The driver's vehicle hit an electrical pole directly across from the Saugus Speedway and severed it at about 3:45 p.m, Lewis said.

The pole leaned over traffic, which Lewis said led law enforcement to close the road because of the danger it posed to cars that drove under it.

Sheriff's deputies closed the road in both directions between Bouquet Canyon Road and Commuter Way until about 4:55 p.m after Southern California Edison workers arrived at the scene and determined the pole was not a hazard, Lewis said.

The lanes reopened after that time, except for the third westbound lane near the bike path, which remained closed as Southern California Edison worked to repair the pole.

Lewis said the third lane would reopen within the next couple of hours of the other lanes' reopening.

The driver was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.


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