More than 300 without power following traffic collision; Del Amo Boulevard closed in North Bixby Knolls area

Hundreds of Southern California Edison customers are without power following a traffic accident involving a utility pole in the North Bixby Knolls area on Sunday, according to authorities.

The Long Beach Police Department said that a single-vehicle traffic collision involving a power pole caused a power outage in the area of Orange Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard at around 4:24 a.m. The outage impacted traffic signals, creating traffic in the area, police said, and officers are patrolling the area to ensure community safety.

Del Amo Boulevard remains closed between Cherry Avenue and Orange Avenue due to the power outage, police said.

As of Sunday afternoon, 319 customers were affected by the outage, according to SCE’s outage tracker. Currently, a field investigator is determining the necessary repairs, and a crew is en route to begin work, according to the tracker. SCE estimates that most power restoration will be complete by 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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