Power Knocked Out to Several Novato Areas After Crash

Man not seriously injured after wreck on Highway 37 near Atherton Avenue.

A Vallejo man had minor injuries to his hand and head after a solo-vehicle crash on Highway 37 that temporarily knocked out power to parts of eastern Novato on Tuesday evening, sources said.

The 63-year-old driver refused medical treatment at the crash site, which was a few hundred yards west of the Atherton Avenue exit on eastbound Highway 37, according to Captain Kyle Dague of the Novato Fire District.

The car, a silver Toyota Camry, struck a power pole about 15 feet off the right shoulder, shearing it off near the base at 5:48 p.m. The cause of the crash was under investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Dague said the wire stayed intact on the poles. The car ended up upright in a marsh under several feet of water, Dague said. The man got out of the car on his own power, he said.

A Sig alert was issued because the light signal at highways 37 and 121 several miles to the east was not working after the crash, the CHP said.

Power was knocked out to several neighborhoods in Novato, affecting 934 customers, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris told the Marin Independent Journal. Service was restored to all but six customers within about a few hours. 

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