Car loses brakes, driver crashes into pole
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
Late Wednesday night, Coaldale firefighters were called during heavy rain to Fifth Street, near the Water Street (SR209) intersection, after a report of a car into a pole. After losing his brakes while driving down Fifth Street, the driver, Harry Puff, 22, of Coaldale, was forced to stop his out of control car by crashing it into a utility pole. Going about 35 MPH, Puff managed to miss a traffic sign and other obstacles, before hitting the pole, located in a neighboring yard. Coaldale Police officer Keith Krapft, who concluded the cause as being a broken master brake cylinder, stated, "Harry was lucky to crash his car into the pole instead of traffic on SR209 or the ravine at the bottom of the hill. This could have been much worse." No serious injuries were reported. The Coaldale fire company had to use hydraulic equipment to remove the roof to cut the battery cable, check for fire and to allow Officer Krapf to inspect the failed brake cylinder. Coaldale fire police detoured traffic around the scene for the response.