Truck hits utility pole, causes power outages

VICTORIA – UPDATE 7:30 A.M. – About 1500 hundred AEP customers are still without power this morning… down from 2500 customers this morning after a pickup truck hit a power pole near the intersection of Mockingbird and John Stockbauer. AEP is still on the scene right now. They are replacing a power pole at the 3600 block John Stockbauer Drive.

AEP expects that to take two hours after they finish they expect the power to be restored by 9 a.m. About a block of the southbound lane of John Stockbauer Drive near the intersection of Mockingbird Lane is reduced to one lane but traffic is still running smoothly.

The accident happened around 2:45 this morning when officials say 24 year old Robert Diaz was traveling south bound on John Stockbauer and made an unsafe lane change causing him to veer off the road hitting a utility pole. Officials say the cause of the accident was due to the driver being sleepy at the wheel. The driver sustained minor non life threatening injuries. Diaz did receive a citation for making an unsafe lane change. We will keep you updated.

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VICTORIA – About 2,000 AEP customers are without power this morning in Victoria after a pickup truck hit a power pole near the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and John Stockbauer Dr. It happened around 2:45 Friday morning. Officials say
When officials say 24-year-old Robert Diaz was traveling south bound on John Stockbauer and made an unsafe lane change causing him to veer off the road hitting a utility pole. Officials say the cause of the accident was due to the driver being sleepy at the wheel. The driver sustained minor non life threatening injuries. Diaz did receive a citation for making an unsafe lane change.

AEP workers are on the scene working to restore power. According to AEP’s website, 1,786 customers are still without power this morning down from 1,831. AEP’s website outage map shows power outages are affecting the area of John Stockbauer Dr. to the Victoria Mall down to Houston Highway. Officials have the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and John Stockbauer Dr reduced to one lane. AEP estimates power will be restored by 8 a.m. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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