Montemalaga to Stay Closed Until Morning

A car crash knocks down power lines on Montemalaga Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Montemalaga Drive between Grayslake Road and Granvia Altamira in Rancho Palos Verdes will remain closed at least through early Saturday morning due to downed power lines, according to a notice sent out by city staff.

Southern California Edison crews are working to repair a power pole that  snapped on Montemalaga Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes after a car hit it Friday morning.

Eastbound traffic on Granvia Altamira is being diverted at Via Del Monte and westbound traffic on Montemalaga Drive is being diverted at Basswood Avenue, according to the city.

Drivers should avoid the area, according to city staff.

At 12:30 p.m., the Southern California Edison outage map indicated that there was an unplanned power outage in the area of the downed power line. About 180 customers were affected, and the utility hopes to have power restored by 6 p.m., according to the map.

A phone call to SoCal Edison for more information about the power outage has not been returned.

Residents seeking more information should call SoCal Edison at 800-655-4555.

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Peter Michel September 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM
This is not the time an accident at this location. About 25 years ago, another person crashed and that is why the resident of the first house installed those cement filled posts.
Peter Michel September 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM
This is not the first time that an accident has happen at this location. About 25 years ago, there was about two to three cars whom crashed at that same location and into that first house. My friends family who lived in that first house actually installed two cement filled light post to stop speeding cars racing down Montemalaga Drive.
Lindsey Martin September 26, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I live on Montemalaga very close to this (we had no power for almost 2 days). This afternoon another car crashed in this same spot, missing the new power pole by about one foot and hitting the cement post you described above. The car was a black Mercedes, it flipped upside down and began to catch fire. I saw the whole thing. Some Edison workers that were ironically working up the street on some of the previous power line damage from the other crash, came running and busted the window with a shovel to pull the driver out. Less than a minute later the entire car was engulfed in flames and there were several explosions. This all happened before emergency crews arrived. If it wasn't for those brave Edison workers today, that woman would have died in that car today.


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