Big-Rig collision closes Calistoga Road, knocks out power

SONOMA CO. (BCN) —¬†Calistoga Road in Santa Rosa and in unincorporated Sonoma County was closed after a five-car collision involving a big-rig that knocked down a power pole and power lines this morning.

James McElroy, 56, of Sonoma, was driving a dump truck with an additional trailer containing gravel south on Calistoga Road north of Harville Road when the rear trailer crossed the double yellow lines and struck a northbound sedan around 7:20 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Sloat said.

The impact forced the sedan backwards into an embankment where it overturned and struck a northbound pickup, Sloat said.

The trailer’s front axle broke away and the trailer became separated from the main rig, Sloat said. The trailer then overturned on the right embankment and the front axle and tow bar struck and knocked down a utility pole and power lines, Sloat said.

Two other northbound vehicles were struck by falling power lines.

The female driver of the overturned sedan was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with minor to moderate injuries, Sloat said.

Calistoga Road was closed from Montecito Boulevard in Santa Rosa to Petrified Forest Road in unincorporated Sonoma County. PG&E responded to the incident and hopes to restore power by 7 p.m., Sloat said.
Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision, Sloat said.

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