San Mateo Man Killed By PG&E Power Line
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San Mateo Man Killed By PG&E Power Line

Tuesday, April 24, 2012By Richard Alexander
A 55-year-old San Mateo resident was killed last Friday evening after trying to move a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line that had snapped and fallen across a parked car according to a PG&E spokesman said. Enrique Tello was injured at 6:30 p.m. on South Norfolk Street near Kehoe Avenue. He was taken from the scene to Stanford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said San Mateo police Sgt. David Norris.

PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson said the utility was investigating the cause of the downed power line. He said customers who see such a line should assume it is energized and stay away from it.

"This was a tragic accident and a tragic reminder that if customers see a downed wire on the street, the best thing to do is stay away, keep others away, and call 911 and PG&E so we can make sure the line is de-energized," Swanson said.

The downed line cut electricity to roughly 3,500 customers in the area. Most service was restored by about 10 p.m. Friday, Swanson said, with 70 customers going without power until 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

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