Power restored to hundreds of customers in Rancho Bernardo area affected by outage

Outage occurred after car struck transformer

SAN DIEGO - Power was restored to hundreds of customers in the Rancho Bernardo area on Tuesday after a car struck a transformer and drove away.

The incident occurred just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Center Drive, according to San Diego police. The crash caused a power outage that affected as many as about 2,300 customers in the Rancho Bernardo area.

"We live just a block up the road here and our power went out suddenly in the middle of dinner and that's what prompted us to get out of the house and come down here and find out what was going on," said Rancho Bernardo resident Jeff Bloch.

Police say a driver struck a transformer, igniting a small fire, which firefighters put out in about 10 minutes. Crews also responded to a leak of between 10 to 30 gallons of mineral oil. The oil is used in the transformer to keep it cool.

The driver involved in the crash sped away from the scene, according to police.

10News was told he was found at a nearby hotel. Paramedics took him to the hospital to be treated. It is unclear if he will face any charges.

As of about 12 a.m., nearly 100 customers remain affected, according to SDG&E's outage map. Power is expected to be restored at about 12:20 p.m.

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