More than 1,700 lose power after rural car crash
Teens inside vehicle practically unscathed
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The driver and passengers in this 1999 Ford Taurus walked away from the accident practically unscathed after the car hit a power pole on the 11000 block of Cox Road on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Meanwhile, hundreds of PG&E customers on the West Side lost power for hours. --Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrigator.
The driver and passengers in this 1999 Ford Taurus walked away from the accident practically unscathed after the car hit a power pole on the 11000 block of Cox Road on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Meanwhile, hundreds of PG&E customers on the West Side lost power for hours. --Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrigator.
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Half of this power pole is suspended in the air after it was struck by a 1999 Ford Taurus on Cox Road on Wednesday evening, Jan. 2. The driver and passengers in the Taurus, which flipped and landed on the side of the road after hitting the pole, walked away from the accident with only a few bruises. Meanwhile, hundreds of PG&E customers on the West Side lost power. --Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrigator.
Half of this power pole is suspended in the air after it was struck by a 1999 Ford Taurus on Cox Road on Wednesday evening, Jan. 2. The driver and passengers in the Taurus, which flipped and landed on the side of the road after hitting the pole, walked away from the accident with only a few bruises. Meanwhile, hundreds of PG&E customers on the West Side lost power. --Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrigator.
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More than 1,700 West Side dwellers lost power Wednesday evening, Jan. 2, after a car struck a power pole north of Patterson and sheared the pole in half, yet those inside the car escaped with hardly a scratch.

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.

• Contact Jonathan Partridge at 892-6187, ext. 26, or jonathan@pattersonirrigator.com.

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lilshortcake
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January 04, 2013
They are very lucky that their injuries were minor. It would be a shame to lose more young adults in this year .



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