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Car Crash on Lankershim Shears Fire Hydrant, Knocks Over Power Line

The woman driver is arrested on suspicion of DUI, police say.

A woman who was driving a vehicle that crashed into a light pole and a fire hydrant in North Hollywood, causing a live power line to fall to the ground, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to authorities.

The crash occurred at 1:35 a.m. at Lankershim Boulevard and Oxnard Street, said Lieutenant Debra Brounsten of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

The woman struck the power pole, causing it and a power line to fall, said Sgt. Ernie Fischer of the Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Station. Then she allegedly struck the hydrant, severing it from its connection.

One side of the power line was connected to a pole that automatically shut down after being sheared from its base, he said.

Electricity in the area was "temporarily disabled" for about 1,500 customers as a result of the crash until the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was able to repair a transformer in the area, Jane Galbraith of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was booked at the Van Nuys jail on suspicion of DUI, according to Brounsten.

In August, two women were killed in nearby Valley Village when an SUV sheared off a fire hydrant and knocked down a light pole on Magnolia Boulevard.

george February 18, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Make her pay for repairs.
StirCrazy February 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Mensa.
irma glutz February 19, 2013 at 05:34 PM
One more reason we don't need a bike lane on Lankershim in my opinion.. too many bars and restaurants open late at night or early evening to endanger the bicyclists.. such a shame, because we do need bike lanes..
maria muse February 19, 2013 at 06:22 PM
I agree about the bike lanes...unless they were protected by some sort of divider, not a painted one!- an actual divider of some sort. Metal...
Bill Wentz February 19, 2013 at 06:39 PM
lol overhead power lines. This city is in a time warp.
Laura February 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Don't quite get the connection to bike lanes. People bike in the area anyway - I think a dedicated lane for bikes is a good idea, and makes sense as a connector to two lines of mass transit, plus the Chandler bike way. Drunk drivers are already a menace to bikers, pedestrians and other drivers - bike lane or no bike lane.
Matthew April 09, 2013 at 12:39 AM
oh so you are a bike lane supporter we do not need a bike lane on Lankershim bewcause it is going to bring a hole lot of trash to NOHO it will kill the business place take lane out on Lankershim the wrong thing to. are you Irma part of the outer space bike cotlion.

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