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Driver rescued after big rig crashes into power pole

August 27, 2012 | 10:00 am

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A big rig that crashed into a power pole Monday morning in downtown Los Angeles was covered with energized electric wires, but the driver got out safely, officials said.

The crash occurred about 7:10 a.m. in the 1600 block of Staunton Avenue. Fire officials found the vehicle "draped" with energized electric wires, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters told the driver to stay in the cab until Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers arrived to deenergize the wires. The driver exited the vehicle without injury, officials said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.

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