SAN MATEO -- Two SUVs driven by intoxicated teenage girls from Burlingame collided Wednesday at El Camino Real and Peninsula Avenue, resulting in no injuries but a sheared power pole and fire hydrant that created a mess for hours, police said.

Both 17-year-old girls were driving north on El Camino Real when they crashed in a "sideswipe fashion" at the intersection, police said. Because of the damage to utilities, crews from San Mateo police, fire and public works responded along with PG&E, California Water Services and Caltrans to deal with a power outage, flooding and traffic closures.

San Mateo officials said the streets were partially reopened four hours after the 11:30 p.m. accident, but repair crews were still at the scene the next day.

The two juveniles were found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested for DUI before being cited and released to their parents.

According to a news release, investigators are still looking into exactly what the drivers were doing that led to the collision, but "the intoxication of the two teen drivers was a primary factor."

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.



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