Riverside rollover crash causes power outages

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A rollover crash in Riverside triggered a transformer explosion, downing power lines and knocking out electrical service to hundreds of residents Tuesday morning.

A rollover crash in Riverside triggered a transformer explosion, downing power lines and knocking out electrical service to hundreds of residents Tuesday morning.

The collision was reported at the intersection of Russell and Main streets just after 1 a.m. The small silver sedan landed on its roof next to a power pole.

Witnesses reported hearing several loud explosions. A tree subsequently caught fire in the area but was shortly extinguished by responding firefighters.

The exact cause of the collision remains unknown but investigators believe the slick roads played a part in the crash.

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About 1,200 Riverside Public Utilities customers were affected by the outage. Crews worked quickly to restore power to those affected by 8 a.m.

No one was seriously injured.
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