Car lands on transformer, knocks out power in Surprise neighborhood

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SURPRISE -- A woman who stepped on her car's accelerator instead of the brake ended up knocking power out to her Surprise neighborhood.


Power outage caused by confused driver - A power outage in Surprise was reportedly caused by a confused driver.

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Police officers responded to a vehicle collision in the 15800 block of West Arrowhead Drive in Surprise shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Surprise police Sgt. Mark Ortega said officers found a 2005 Mercury sedan on top of an electrical transformer junction box.

According to Ortega, the 84-year-old driver stepped on her car's accelerator instead of the brake while backing out of her garage.

The vehicle sped backward across the street, rolling on top of the transformer and disconnecting it from its base.

The driver was not injured.

Ortega said power to the neighborhood was out while Arizona Public Service workers replaced the transformer.

Sun City Grand Community Association staff set up a temporary shelter so affected residents could get out of the heat.

Officers and volunteers went door to door advising residents of the outage and the shelter.

APS was able to restore power to the neighborhood at 4:34 p.m.