County Road wreck in Minden knocks out power for most of the night

A few signs remain of a collision that occurred on Saturday night on County Road that knocked power out to parts of Minden for most of the night.

A few signs remain of a collision that occurred on Saturday night on County Road that knocked power out to parts of Minden for most of the night.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.


Power was knocked out in parts of Minden for the better part of 11 hours after a vehicle knocked down a power pole at County Road and Carval Court around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

A neighbor said the power wasn’t restored until around 5 a.m. The outage affected as many as 500 NV Energy customers at one point around 8 p.m.

Described as a truck, the vehicle appeared to have been westbound on County Road when it left the right side and collided with a fence post. It traveled in the ditch for a dozen yards before colliding with the pole, knocking it over and coming to rest on its side at the corner with Carval.

Three power bumps in a row occurred as far away as Genoa as a result of the wreck.

First responders said the truck appeared to be lying on an electrical line and called for NV Energy to shut down the power.

East Fork medics and firefighters were joined by Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies at the wreck, which closed County Road for several hours. Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team members were called to the scene to secure it while power company workers replaced the pole. The collision is being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol.

One occupant of the vehicle was able to clamber out of the wreckage, while the other remained inside for around 20 minutes before climbing out, as well.

One of the occupants refused treatment at the scene. There is no word on the status of the other occupant.

It was a busy couple of days for East Fork firefighters, who responded to a structure fire 2 p.m. Thursday in the 2600 block of Kayne Avenue in Johnson Lane.

First responders found a horse stall and hay storage building fully involved. East Fork responded with three engines, two water tenders, an ambulance, a safety officer, two deputy chiefs and a battalion chief.

The outbuilding was a total loss, but there were no injuries reported and no animals harmed, East Fork Battalion Chief John Brawley said.

A second fire was reported at 963 Topsy Lane in the La Salsa Grill restaurant around 8:45 p.m. Thursday

Smoke was called in by shoppers in the Carson Valley Plaza and a fire alarm was received at the same time.

When crews made access to the restaurant, they found a small fire in the kitchen area being held in check by the sprinkler system.

The fire was extinguished, and smoke and water removed from the building. East Fork Fire District responded three engines, three ambulances, a safety officer, battalion chief, squad, utility and two deputy chiefs.

Carson City Fire Department also responded one fire engine and a battalion chief. The cause is under investigation. There were no injuries reported.


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