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Power restored to all customers affected by major outage in Fresno

Tens of thousands were originally without power after the crash

UPDATE: PG&E says as of  7:59 p.m. Thursday power has been restored to the remaining customers affected by today's outage in Fresno.

PG&E says crews will be in the area of the accident for the next few days completing repairs. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A deadly car crash that knocked over a PG&E tower early Thursday morning still had 5,435 customers still without power by 1:35 p.m.

The crash near Emerson and Marks avenues around 1 a.m. was so large that 70,000 were initially without power.

Fresno Police were trying to determine what caused the driver to crash into the transmission tower.

Rita Gray, 29, of Fresno, was killed in the crash, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said. Family members said she doesn't live too far from the crash site.

Crews have been working to restore the electricity since the crash.

“At first we didn't know what it was,” one nearby resident said. “We thought maybe the train crashed or something, but then my mother-in-law saw it – the flames and everything. So we ran out, tried to get over here in time, but the cops blocked us off.”

PG&E made progress, but the estimated time of restoration is 8 p.m. Thursday.

Five schools in Fresno Unified were without power. They are Wilson Elementary, Homan Elementary, Cooper Academy, Wawona School, and Bullard Talent. All of the schools were still in session and planned to be the rest of the school day.

Central Unified said Steinbeck Elementary was without power but that school was still in session. However after school programs were canceled. The district asked parents to pick their kids up right after class. They also said Thursday's open house and choir concert would be rescheduled.

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo also lost power. On Facebook the zoo said it was still open, but a lot of features and amenities were not running.

This story will be updated.


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