A 20-year-old Calistoga woman was injured Tuesday morning when her 2010 Mercedes C300 overturned on the Silverado Trail north of Skellenger Lane, shutting down the roadway all day, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Lissette Curiel was driving southbound on the Silverado Trail at 7:30 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, her vehicle drifted off the right shoulder, hit a power pole and overturned, CHP Officer Garrett Ray said. The electrical lines fell on the road, blocking the traffic. A transformer exploded and caused a bush fire, Ray said.
Curiel, who suffered minor injuries, was transported by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, according to CalFire/Napa County Fire and the CHP. The fire departments had to wait for Pacific Gas & Electric to arrive at 8:30 a.m. before they could extinguish the fire, Ray said.
Northbound traffic was diverted onto Skellenger and Conn Creek Road. Southbound traffic was diverted onto Highway 128 to Conn Creek and Skellinger to the Silverado Trail.
As of 5 p.m., the roadway remained closed, according to the CHP.
“Due to the damage to our facilities, it takes time to safely de-energize the line, clean up the debris from the incident, remove the pole, replace the pole and all equipment, such as the transformer and wires, and return all customers back to service. We've had a crew on site all day to complete this work as quickly and safely as possible,” PG&E spokeswoman Brittany McKannay said.
Initially 26 customers lost power, McKannay said. By 10 a.m., all but five customers had their power restored, she said. The pole also carried other public utility services, including phone.
Davie Piña, chief of the Rutherford Volunteer Fire Department, was among the firefighters who responded to the crash. As of 5:30 p.m., Piña said he could see vehicles being directed to take Skellenger Lane from his office at Piña Vineyard Management.
Piña Napa Valley, the family winery north of Skellenger Lane, was closed because of the road closure, Piña said. But it was not a major impact, he said, noting the relatively few visitors on Tuesdays.