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Man injured when car hits power pole in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Richard Higgins was getting his hair cut at Captain John's Hair Pieces when he heard a boom.

He looked outside the shop on Court Street, just east of Missouri Avenue.

"I saw the power lines shaking in the air," Higgins said.

About a hundred feet down the road, a power pole was resting on a Mitsubishi Galant.

At 9:52 a.m. on Monday, the car smacked into the pole on the south side of Court. It came to rest on the base of the pole.

The driver was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, said Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater public safety spokeswoman. She had no information on the extent of his injuries. Police blocked off the eastbound curb lane after the accident.

Lori Ellen Esposito, who runs a hair salon in the small center near Captain John's, said she saw the man moving after rescue workers put him on a stretcher.

"We see accidents weekly at this corner over here," said Norris Smith, who owns Smith's Custom Creations jewelry store in the same center.

Progress Energy workers arrived on the scene less than an hour later. One of the workers told Smith and Esposito that their power would not be affected by the accident because the lines support the streetlights.

Man injured when car hits power pole in Clearwater 05/10/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 10, 2010 4:46pm]
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