OAKLAND -- All but one of the 668 PG&E customers left without power when a car crashed into an East Oakland utility pole early Thursday morning had their power restored by about 12:30 p.m., a utility spokeswoman said.
Power was back on for all but 59 of those customers in time for the morning commute, but ongoing repairs left dozens of people without power for several more hours, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.
The outage began shortly after 3 a.m. when a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near Acorn Woodland Elementary School on 81st Avenue, Sarkissian said. The pole also services AT&T phone cables, and wires reported dangling from the felled pole were phone wires, not power wires, she added.
Among the customers left without power was the popular Just Desserts bakery. Employees there told reporters early in the day that they'd be sending bakers home. It wasn't clear whether they were the last remining customer without service, but nobody answered the bakery's phone at 2 p.m.