Stunt driver crash hits utility pole on movie set

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

A stunt driver took out a utility pole during a movie shoot in Valencia on Thursday night, knocking out power to at least one Southern California Edison customer.

At 1:33 a.m., a transformer exploded at a filming location on the 28200 block of Kelly Johnson Parkway, between Constellation and the Rye Canyon Loop.

“We received the call as a movie shoot stunt vehicle that flipped and hit a pole,” according to Supervisor Sky Cornell of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Paramedics responding to the emergency call found “no injuries” at the scene.

A spokesman for the Santa Clarita Film Office said Friday that he was unable to describe what filming was being done at the time of the crash.

The incident happened about 600 feet (about two football fields in length) from where actor Paul Walker, star of the popular “Fast and Furious” action movie franchise, died in a crash more than five years ago. Walker, 40, and his friend Roger Rodas, 38, were killed when the Porsche driven by Rodas smashed into a light pole and tree and then burst into flames Nov. 30, 2013, near Rye Canyon Loop.  

Early Friday morning, Edison officials and crews with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works were also called to the crash site, Cornell said.

“At 1:40 a.m., we had an outage,” Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun said Friday.

One Edison customer remained without power until 2:22 a.m., she said.

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