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Navy Spokeswoman Coleen San Nicolas Perez says that the teen is in "fair condition" at Naval Hospital.
The accident occurred just before 7am on Route 1 in front of Marks Hardware.
A GPA employee, John Leon Guerrero was on his way to work and saw the accident happen. Contrary to earlier reports from other witnesses, he says the vehicle did not hit the guide wire. It struck the pole square on at about 45 miles per hour, he estimated. He says the vehicle had been passing some other cars when the driver apparently lost control and struck the power pole.
Leon Guerrero immediately stopped and began directing traffic around the accident scene. And because of the dangling live wires from the broken pole, he advised the young man inside the car that hit the pole not to get out, but remain inside because of the danger of electrocutio0n.
The pole snapped in 2 about 30 feet above ground level. GPA Spokesman Art Perez said that the vibration from the impact could well cause the pole to snap since there is already tension on the pole at that height where it is connected to neighboring power poles on both sides. He said there is no reason to believe that the pole was defective.
Power to the area was out for about an hour as line crews isolated the area so they could start the process of replacing the pole.
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