Spring Valley hit-and-run crash causes power outage; downed powerlines melt small portion of street

Wreck on 9100 block of Orville Street

SAN DIEGO - A hit-and-run crash in Spring Valley Sunday night left a huge mess and a power outage in its wake.

San Diego County sheriff's deputies said the incident occurred at around 11 p.m. in the 9100 block of Orville Street.

Deputies said an out of control motorist traveling westbound on the roadway, slammed into a power pole, shearing it at the base.  The pole fell onto the street and live electrical wires shot sparks as the driver got out of the vehicle. 

Witnesses told 10News that the driver was alone in the vehicle and walked down the street asking people for help, before disappearing into the darkness.

Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responded to the scene and called in San Diego Gas & Electric crews to cut off power to stop the live electrical wires from arcing and causing further damage. The downed wires were so hot they melted the asphalt on a small portion of the street. 

Deputies said the cause of the wreck is still under investigation and that they are still searching for the driver.

As of 11 a.m. 37 customers were still without power.

SDG&E crews said power to the neighborhood was expected to be restored by 2:30 p.m.

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