Sudden Death: Pole!


Upland police arrested a crane operator on suspicion of manslaughter Thursday after a driver slammed into a power pole being moved by a Southern California Edison contractor, killing the 81-year-old motorist and a utility worker.
The power pole was suspended by the crane four feet above a north-south traffic lane when it was struck by the motorist shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The impact of the collision sheared off the roof of the green Buick Riviera, killing the driver at the scene and critically injuring his 80-year-old wife. –Andrew Blankstein, L.A. Times, Dec.8, 2006

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