CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A passing trash truck snagged and downed a set of electrical wires at a South Bay intersection Wednesday, causing a power outage and sparking a fire that blackened about two dozen acres in an adjacent grassy field.
The non-injury traffic accident at Main Street and Heritage Road in southern Chula Vista occurred shortly after noon and apparently happened because the vehicle was too tall to clear the utility lines over the road crossing, said city Deputy Fire Chief Jim Garcia.
The mishap initially left about 2,000 nearby homes and businesses without power, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.
Firefighters from four agencies doused the flames from the ground and aboard a water-dropping helicopter. It took the personnel about an hour to halt the spread of the blaze, which grew to roughly 24 acres while burning several miles from the nearest structures, Garcia said.
As of late afternoon, SDG&E crews had restored electrical service to about 1,300 of the affected addresses. The remainder were back on line as of 6 p.m., the utility reported.