MONTEBELLO (CBSLA.com) — A 68-year-old driver appeared unscathed after his minivan struck a power pole in Montebello.
Firefighters responded to the accident at Beverly Boulevard and Poplar Avenue just after 7 p.m. Thursday.READ MORE: Food Truck Crashes In Vernon; One Dead
When they arrived on scene, they located the minivan, which was apparently wrapped around high-voltage wires.
“About an hour after the accident, Edison got out there. They de-energized the power and an elderly man got out of that minivan,” Sky 9’s Stu Mundel reported.READ MORE: `Solidarity' Cited In New Deal For 40k Behind-the-Scenes Film & TV Workers
The crash triggered a power outage for nearly 5,000 residents. As of 10 p.m., about 500 still remained without power although electricity was expected to be restored by morning.
Following the crash, the driver went home with his family. He was unharmed.
“This actually was the best-case scenario,” Lt. Kelly Gordan of the Montebello Police Department said. “Clearly, a lot of property damage but that’s something that can be cleaned up. No injuries.”MORE NEWS: Child, 18 Months, Killed in North Hills Crash
While the cause of the collision was not known, police said there were no signs the driver was speeding.