CASTRO VALLEY -- A 49,000-pound garbage truck left unattended pushed an SUV into a home, damaged a power pole, causing a power outage, and crashed into a house Thursday morning.
No injuries were reported but the graduation plans for a Castro Valley student in each of the two affected homes were interrupted, authorities said.
About 10:15 a.m., a Waste Management employee parked the truck on a hill along Christy Way near Joseph Drive and left it to grab a trash cart, company spokeswoman Karen Stern said. But the truck rolled down the hill for unknown reasons and struck a sport utility vehicle, pushing it against a nearby house, Stern said.
The truck also hit a power pole before it crashed into the front porch of another house, she said.
The damaged pole caused 154 residences to lose power, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. PG&E crews restored power to 133 customers by 11:30 a.m., Sarkissian said. Officials said they expect the final 21 homes to regain power by this evening.
The garbage truck driver has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is standard procedure for the sanitation company, Stern said. The two homeowners and the SUV owner have already spoken to Waste Management's insurance representatives regarding payment for repairs caused by the accident, Stern said.
"This (incident) is highly unusual," she said. "We will do a thorough investigation."