SAN ANTONIO -

A high-speed crash sent a man to the hospital and knocked out power to a Northwest Side neighborhood late Wednesday night, San Antonio police said.

San Antonio police said a driver was speeding on DeZavala Road toward Babcock Road around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday when he lost control of the truck around a curve and crashed into several signs, a utility pole and a tree.

"We heard a big bang, and there wasn't any electricity throughout the neighborhood probably for about 30 minutes or so," said Christine Hecker, who lives in the Oakmont Downs neighborhood off DeZavala.

Police said the impact of the crash caused the utility pole to break at its base and knocked out electricity to about six blocks in the area.

CPS Energy crews responded and began to restore power to the area. Part of the road was closed while police cleared the scene. That work in the area sent a traffic detour through side streets.

"I just noticed a lot of cars going around there, and I thought they were going to hit my car," said Alyssa Chavira, who lives in the Oakmont Downs neighborhood.

The driver was transported to University Hospital in critical condition. Police said alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

People who drive in the area often said speeding on the sharp curve is a common problem.

"It's a very dangerous curve. People are traveling probably 45-50 miles an hour and not really realizing it when it comes about," Hecker said.

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