Scurich Insurance services wants to keep you up-to-date on all current events!
A Corralitos man looked down to light a cigarette and change the radio station on his Chevy Blazer early Wednesday, but lost control of the vehicle, crashed, knocked out power to a neighborhood and caught a house on fire, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash, blackout and fire happened just before 1 a.m. on Freedom Boulevard at Bowker Road, a smattering of homes adjacent to agriculture land north of Watsonville.
Thomas Roller, 29, told CHP officers he was driving about 40-50 mph—the posted speed in the area is 45 mph—when he lost control of his 1996 Blazer. From there, it was a domino effect.
The truck struck a power pole on the corner of Freedom and Bowker, sheering off the pole. The Blazer continued across the intersection, through the front fence at a Bowker Road house and into the home’s yard, the CHP reported.
The broken power pole fell into another power pole. Approximately 920 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power, the company reported.
Don’t let an accident like this catch you off guard. Scurich Insurance Services can help you with all your auto insurance needs!