A man died Wednesday morning when he crashed a van into a power pole in Clair-Mel, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies.
Manuel Blanco, 47, was headed south in a 1999 Plymouth Voyager on 78th Street, just south of Palm River Road, about 8:30 a.m. when he veered onto the west shoulder and crashed into the wooden pole, deputies said. Blanco, of Wishing Well Lane, was not wearing a seat belt. He was pulled from the van and taken to a local hospital, where he died.
It was not immediately clear why Blanco drove off the road.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers closed the southbound side of the road while Tampa Electric Co. crews worked to repair and stabilize the damaged pole. The repairs were expected to last several hours into Wednesday afternoon.