Two thousand residents lose power after driver slams into Santa Maria pole

A driver slammed into a power pole in Santa Maria Tuesday evening, causing an electricity outage that impacted more than 2,000 residents.

At about 6 p.m., a white SUV crashed into a power pole at Betteravia Road and Thornburg Street, according to the city of Santa Maria. The crash detached a pole and left power lines lying across the roadway. 

Power was expected to be fully restored by Wednesday morning, according to PG&E. It is unclear what caused the driver to crash into the power pole.