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Car crashes into pole on South Tacoma Way

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm with No Comments »
July 4, 2013 11:37 am
A man leans on the hood of a wrecked car and weeps as emergency personnel attend to an injured man in the 2200 block of South Tacoma Way, July 3, 2013.  The car hit a telephone pole with no other vehicle involved.  A witness said that both men and a woman (not pictured had been in the car when it crashed.
A man, identified by police Lt. J Lerum as the driver, leans on the trunk of a wrecked car and weeps as emergency personnel attend to an injured man in the 2200 block of South Tacoma Way, July 3, 2013. The car hit a telephone pole with no other vehicle involved. A witness said that both men and a woman (not pictured) had been in the car when it crashed.
Tacoma Fire photo
Tacoma Fire photo

Police believe a driver was using his cell phone when he crashed his car into a wooden power pole along South Tacoma Way on Wednesday.

Crews responded about 2 p.m. to the wreck in the 2200 block of South Tacoma Way, and took two of the three occupants of the car to the hospital, Tacoma fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said. The third occupant’s injuries were not life-threatening, Zuluaga said.

A female passenger was in critical condition at Tacoma General Hospital. It wasn’t clear whether the driver was hospitalized.

The crash ripped the car apart, which meant crews didn’t need to use special equipment to remove the patients from the vehicle, Zuluaga said.

The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license, and released with a citation and ticket for negligent driving and not having insurance, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

“We think he was talking or texting with his phone when he drove off the roadway,” police Lt. Jerry Lerum said.

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