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CRASH CUTS A.V. POWER.

Byline: Charles F. Bostwick Staff Writer

LANCASTER - Sheriff's deputies are investigating whether a car was racing another vehicle before it went out of control and hit a fire hydrant and utility pole, knocking out power to about 2,400 homes and businesses.

The 2002 Honda Civic's driver, a 29-year-old Lancaster man, suffered a bruise on his chest from his seat belt strap in the 7:20 p.m. Sunday crash on 20th Street West south of Lancaster Boulevard, deputies said.

``Technically he should have been dead. His car was totaled,'' Sgt. Paul Dino said. ``He just walked away from it.''

The motorist told deputies another vehicle passed him and cut him off, causing him to slam on his brakes, deputies said. The other vehicle didn't stop.

Getting the broken hydrant shut off required chipping away concrete to reach a valve, officials said.

Edison workers used a boom truck to hold up the severed utility pole overnight until a replacement pole could be installed.

Most of the homes and businesses that lost power had their electricity restored in 14 minutes, Edison spokeswoman Alis Clausen said. The remainder had their power restored before 9 p.m.

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(1) A worker tries to reach a valve Monday to shut off a damaged fire hydrant after a crash on 20th Street West.

(2) Water spews from a fire hydrant after Sunday's crash.

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