SAN LEANDRO -- A garbage truck driver was trapped in his truck briefly Monday morning after he crashed into a utility pole, and live power lines dropped near his rig, authorities said.

The Alameda County Waste Management driver was not injured but had to be pulled from the truck by fire crews and was transported to a hospital for an evaluation.

Fire crews were called to Davis Street and Doolittle Drive in San Leandro at 9:05 a.m., said Alameda County Fire Department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.

PG&E crews also responded and secured the lines before the driver was pulled from the truck, Knowles said.

Roads near the crash scene were closed but later reopened.

About 450 PG&E customers lost power after the crash, but all but 100 had power restored by 10:45 a.m., said PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian. Forty-four customers were still without power Monday and were expected to remain without it until about 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sarkissian said.

The crash severely damaged both overhead and underground utility equipment, Sarkissian said.

Sarkissian said that anyone who sees downed power lines should avoid them and call 911 and PG&E immediately. Follow Rick Hurd at Twitter.com/3rderh and Kristin J. Bender at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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