Tanya Brouse, 18, and three other passengers inside her car suffered only a few cuts and bruises after the 1999 Ford Taurus she was driving struck a utility pole on the 11000 block of Cox Road and flipped, landing upside down beneath a downed cable shortly after 6 p.m., according to Brouse and witnesses.
Brouse said she drove into a puddle while heading southbound at about 55 mph on Cox Road, and she lost control of her vehicle, which veered across the street and hit the pole. She recalled hearing the windows crack, and area residents and passengers said they saw flashes of blue light at the time of the crash, Brouse said. Passengers inside the car later told Brouse that the vehicle rolled over five times, Brouse said, though she said she must have blacked out.
“It felt like a video game or something,” Brouse said at the scene, her voice still shaking more than an hour after the incident.
Brouse said she was driving home from Modesto at the time of the crash.
She and her passengers were all wearing their seat belts, said her parents, John and Moira Brouse, who were awaiting help from PG&E and a tow truck driver to remove the toppled vehicle from underneath the cable Wednesday evening.
A total of 1,712 PG&E electric customers lost power at 6:06 p.m., according to PG&E spokeswoman Katie Allen. Those customers included residents in the towns of Westley, Grayson and Vernalis along with some rural residents who live north of Patterson city limits.
PG&E restored power to 555 customers at 7:44 p.m., followed by another 1,092 at 8:37 p.m., Allen said. Sixty-five customers did not receive power until about 4 a.m. the next day when PG&E was able to replace the pole, she said.
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