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Car knocks down light pole on U.S. 19 in Port Richey

Pasco County crew members and bystanders check out the aftermath of a car hitting a light pole Tuesday on U.S. 19 in Port Richey.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Pasco County crew members and bystanders check out the aftermath of a car hitting a light pole Tuesday on U.S. 19 in Port Richey.

PORT RICHEY — A Mitsubishi Galant, seen above, crashed Tuesday afternoon into a light pole in front of the Days Inn at 10826 U.S. 19. The pole fell on top of cable television wires.

Pasco County crews removed the pole, which is 35 feet tall and weighs about 300 pounds, said Norris Ruark, traffic signal supervisor for Pasco County. Ruark said pole bases are made of a material that breaks when hit — unlike the concrete bases of the past — in an effort to reduce fatal accidents.

Ruark's crew got the call about the crash at 3:43 p.m. A deputy responding to the scene made children at a nearby day care center go inside, just in case the pole fell through the wires.

The driver and passenger of the Galant were taken to the hospital. Their names and conditions were not available Tuesday evening.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Car knocks down light pole on U.S. 19 in Port Richey 01/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:21pm]
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