Falling light pole struck by vehicle kills man

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Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 6:04 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A freak accident in Phoenix has claimed the life of a 25-year-old man.

Police say Michael Vince Miller was killed instantly about 7 p.m. Sunday when he was struck by a falling light pole. It fell after being hit by one of two vehicles involved in a collision at a midtown intersection.

Police say the pedestrian was walking away from the intersection and might not have seen the pole falling.

"It's one in a million," Jeff Gullick, who lives nearby, told KSAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1dhjXbk). "I can't believe somebody was standing right under that pole when it happened."

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos says impairment isn't believed to have been a factor in the bizarre accident, but authorities are still investigating.

Injuries to people in the vehicles involved in the collision weren't considered life-threatening.

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