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Motorist’s vehicle struck by falling signal pole in Bismarck

January 17, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Mandan woman escaped injury when a traffic signal pole fell on her pickup truck in neighboring Bismarck.

Police tell The Bismarck Tribune that the woman saw the pole begin to tilt as she was driving Sunday afternoon and hit her brakes, but she was unable to stop in time.

Her truck suffered an estimated $10,000 in damage and the pole about $25,000 in damages.

City electrical department supervisor Paul Lies says the pole was rusted on the inside. He says that particular type of traffic signal pole is no longer allowed by the city. The city now uses newer poles with doors that enable views of the interior.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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