Sacto 9-1-1
April 25, 2013
Coyote in the road causes driver to swerve, break power pole near Yuba City

A country road south of Marysville will be closed the rest of the day after a motorist swerved to avoid a coyote, only to break off a power pole.

The California Highway Patrol said that Pardeep Bal and his three passengers were traveling northbound at 60 mph on George Washington Boulevard south of Best Road when a coyote crossed the road in front of him.

Bal's evasive maneuver caused him to lose control of his car and strike a power pole guy wire, a cable used to brace the pole. The top of the pole sheared clear of the bottom and remained suspended in the air by live electrical lines.

The car ended up on its wheels on Best Road.

A passenger, Sherwyn Jack, 36, was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Hospital with a broken leg, punctured eye and a possible fractured pelvis, according to the CHP.

Bal and another passenger suffered minor injuries.

Best Road will be closed for the remainder of the day, according to the CHP. Southbound George Washington Boulevard will be closed from Oswald Road to Hutchinson Road until 5 p.m. Northbound George Washington Boulevard will be closed from Hutchinson Road to Oswald Road was expected to be open by early afternoon after pole replacement is fininshed.

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