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A PG&E worker walks past a vehicle that crashed into a wooden utility pole and caught fire on Walnut Ave west of Overacker Avenue in Fremont, Calif., Thursday, July 24, 2014. Three people were injured and power was knocked out in the area. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

FREMONT -- Three people suffered minor injuries after a car slammed into a utility pole and caught fire just before noon Thursday in the Cherry-Guardino neighborhood, police said.

Police and fire crews were dispatched at 11:56 a.m. to Walnut Avenue, just off Mission Boulevard near Overacker Avenue, after the car reportedly crashed into the wooden pole and almost knocked it over, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

Witnesses told dispatchers that the pole caught fire, and the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

Bosques said three people in the car were transported to hospitals with unknown injuries.

The impact shut down several signal lights on Walnut Avenue, and some residents in the area lost power.

PG&E crews responded to restore power, and Bear Electric has responded to the scene to address the pole, Bosques said.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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