SUV crashes into utility pole, causes hotel power outage

Driver suffers medical episode, police say

SAN ANTONIO – A SUV driven by a 38-year-old woman crashed into a utility pole that caused a power outage to a hotel Tuesday morning on the city's Southeast Side.

Police said the woman was driving southbound on an Interstate 37 access road near SE Military Drive around 7 a.m., when her SUV crashed into a perimeter fence at the Fairfield Inn and Suites.

The woman apparently suffered a seizure, police said. She was transported to a hospital in stable condition and was expected to recover.

The hotel lost power and didn't have a generator for backup electricity, police said. Damage from the crash was estimated to cost $10,000.

CPS Energy, which is short staffed while dealing with outages caused by Monday night's storms, said the hotel will probably not have power back until 4 p.m.

Most hotel guests had already left for the day, and others were being relocated upon request, hotel staffers said.

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