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Power Restored in Central Fresno After Driver Collides With Pole



This car collided with a power pole at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, on Shields Avenue near Blackstone Avenue, causing a power outage. (GV Wire/Paul Marshall)
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Power has been restored to hundreds of residences in the vicinity of Blackstone and Shields avenues shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of a small stolen sedan ran into a power pole at about 6 a.m. Wednesday and caused the power outage.

The accident also created snarled traffic because it knocked out the power to traffic lights.

The driver was going eastbound on Shields before colliding with the pole. Authorities said that the driver of the stolen car fled the scene.

This map shows the area that was without electricity Wednesday morning. PG&E restored service shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022. (PG&E)


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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