Van knocks down telephone pole on E. Mission in Fallbrook, traffic detoured to Gum Tree

11:30 am: SDG&E estimates power will be restored to the area by 3:30 pm; the Sheriff’s Dept. said E. Mission has not been reopened yet.

9 am: There is still gridlock on Gum Tree Ln. but traffic has lightened up from earlier this morning.

8 am: Road closure moved to Hamilton and E. Mission, detouring traffic to Gum Tree Lane.

FALLBROOK – About 4:45 am this morning, a van hit a telephone pole, knocking the telephone pole on top of the van on E. Mission near Fallen Leaf in Fallbrook. SDGE has a crew replacing the pole on E. Mission.

Road closures are set up at Live Oak Park Road and E. Mission and Stagecoach Lane and E. Mission to detour traffic to Gum Tree. As of 7 am traffic was backed up at least a mile in all directions.

The accident left several lines down in the roadway.

Apparently the driver is unhurt.

SDGE had 51 customers without power as a result of the accident.

18 Responses to "Van knocks down telephone pole on E. Mission in Fallbrook, traffic detoured to Gum Tree"

  1. Art   November 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I live on Gum Tree and since the accident traffic has been diverted from Mission to Hamilton then Gum Tree. Looking at my security camera traffic is still bumper to bumper at 7:10 am

  2. Elsa   November 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    The accident isn’t at Stagecoach it’s closer to Fallen Leaf off of E. Mission. The road is just closed at Stagecoach.

  3. Staff   November 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Thank you Art and Elsa for the information. After the traffic, have a great Thanksgiving.

  4. Tim   November 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Took me 45 min to get to Fallbrook weapons gate this morning around 6:10…sure hope it isn’t like this all day!!

  5. Eddie G   November 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

    is the traffic all clear? it’s 8:40am.

  6. Barbara   November 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

    No, traffic is still backed up at 9:04.

  7. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   November 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

    No, Eddie it will be awhile. (Hours would be my guess)

  8. Art   November 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

    At 9:45 we still have heavy traffic on Gum Tree so Mission must be still closed.

  9. Staff   November 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I don’t believe Mission will be closed too much longer. SDGE estimated that they would be finished around 10 am.

  10. Staff   November 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Art and Barbara,
    Is traffic still backed up on Gum Tree?

  11. Art   November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Yes lots of traffic on Gum Tree. We were just in town and East Mission is closed at Stagecoach. 11:10 am

  12. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   November 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Dear Staff, I loved that you asked Art & Barbara how Gumtree was. Now that’s a small town news paper. I love Fallbrook! Keep up the great work.

  13. Resident   November 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Just came home from work at noon, and Mission was still closed. Our house backs up to Gum Tree, and the traffic is still flowing out there.

  14. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   November 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    12:30 East Mission at Stagecoach is blocked off, workers are on site. Don’t even go near there, you will be stuck in mega traffic.

  15. Art   November 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    At 1:30 East Mission is still closed. Hope it opens soon! (My dog is very upset)

  16. Art   November 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    At 1:50 traffic is normal on Gum Tree so Mission must be open.

  17. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   November 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you SDGE and Fallbrook Village News for an eventful start to Thanks giving. Everyone now remembers what little things to be thankful for. FREEDOM to go where you like, when you like, power, up to date news. I am thankful for all these things and so much more. May you all have a safe & relaxing Thanks giving.

  18. Staff   November 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

    3 year home owner in Fallbrook, Art, Barbara, Tim, Resident, Eddie G., Elsa – We are very thankful for all of you and the 1600 other people who read this traffic alert. Thank you for supporting the paper and allowing us to continue to serve the community. We are thankful for you more than you know! Have a great Thanksgiving.


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