Distracted Driver Dies After Slamming Into Utility Pole, Causing Transformers to Fall on His Truck: LAPD

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A driver distracted by a traffic crash slammed into a utility pole in Arleta on Wednesday, knocking down three transformers that landed on top of his pickup truck, crushing it and killing him, police said.

A rain-related crash occurred at 5:30 p.m. in the 13000 block of West Osborne Street near Canterbury Avenue, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

According to police at the scene, the driver of the pickup became distracted by the crash and slammed into the pole. The impact knocked the electrical transformers loose, and they fell on top of the victim's truck, police said.

Aerial video showed a massive response by firefighters and rescue crews. The Department of Water and Power confirmed that the transformers were "de-energized" and posed no threat to rescue crews.

The incident left about 250 people without power in the area, the DWP tweeted.

Two other motorists involved in the initial crash received minor injuries, according to fire officials.

The crash occurred as a rain storm moved through the area.

"It rained very hard," said LAPD Capt. Beverly Lewis. "The streets are very slick. You have to drive for the conditions that are present at the time."

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