Underground equipment blamed for PG&E outage

January 22, 2011 1:18:05 PM PST
Power was restored to more than 5,000 PG&E customers in Alameda County who were without power earlier Saturday morning due to an equipment failure, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

The outage, which left 5,461 customers in the dark, affected areas of San Leandro, east San Lorenzo, and the Ashland area of Hayward, and it began around 12:26 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

Crews determined that an underground piece of equipment was to blame, and they replaced the part, Morris said. All customers were back online at 1:48 a.m.