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Two trapped in Rancho Santa Fe power line crash

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 21:21:33-05

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (KGTV) - Two people were trapped following a crash which sent live power lines onto a Rancho Santa Fe street, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash happened on rain-slick roads about 4:30 p.m. on El Camino Real at Via Gaviota.

A driver in a red car hit a power pole, toppling the live wires onto the road. A second vehicle also hit the live wires.

Both drivers were protected from the power lines by the insulation of their tires, but had they stepped out of their vehicles they ran the risk of electrocution, according to Rancho Santa Fe Fire Chief David Livingstone.

El Camino Real shut down in both directions as crews shut down power and used the Jaws of Life to free the trapped driver.

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The man was conscious but suffering lower body injuries when he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Crews had tried to fly him to safety but the weather did not allow the air rescue.

The second vehicle was able to drive away.

322 power customers were affected by the crash, San Diego Gas and Electric officials reported.

There were no immediate details about the cause of the accident.