Update: Watch Out For That Pole, Bird!

A power outage impacts thousands of PG&E customers in Newark and Fremont Friday morning.

Who hit the lights?

Well, apparently, a bird did.

PG&E Spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian said a bird flew into an overhead line this morning, resulting in a power outage that impacted 4,453 customers in Newark and Fremong around 6:50 a.m.

The outages were specific to homes on and near Central Avenue, Morton Avenue and Sycamore Street.

As of 7:50 a.m., only 81 customers were left without power, she said. Sarkissian added that PG&E estimates that power will be restored to all customers by 1 p.m.

Sarkissian said PG&E understands that these kind of outages are an inconvenience to customers.

"These kind of things unfortunately do happen. ...we appreciate their patience and we're working to resolve it as quickly and safely as we can," Sarkissian said.

According to PG&E's Electric Outage Map, Fremont was also impacted by the outage.

Thousands of residents in Hayward are also without power after a car hit a pole around Kelly Street and Bayview Avenue, according to KTVU.

James March 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Did the Bird die?
Nika Megino (Editor) March 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I asked this time. The PG&E rep said she didn't look into that but that usually when animals hit an electrical pole, they die. Poor bird.
Rick March 02, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Must be Big Bird from Sesame Street. It also costs our company half mil.
James March 02, 2012 at 11:27 PM
That's a Shame. You would think they might put some type of insulated barrier over the Live Cables to Protect against this kind of thing.


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