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Man reportedly impaled by pole during vehicle crash near Logan suffers fatal injuries

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Posted at 5:33 PM, May 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-16 23:35:12-04

LOGAN, Utah -- A man was killed as a result of a single-vehicle crash that occurred on US 89-91 in the area of Logan Saturday, and the victim was apparently impaled by a pole that went through the front of the vehicle and into the driver's area.

Lt. Troy Thurston, Logan City Police Department, said the crash occurred on northbound US 89-91 at about 3100 South shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday.

“It was a single vehicle accident, and the driver had drifted left of center off the roadway, hit a shrubbery and a fence and vaulted into a nearby field and then came to rest in the field," he said of the crash.

Images from the scene show a pole that appears to have impacted the front of the vehicle and penetrated through the engine area and into the driver's area of the vehicle.

“I’ve been told that he was impaled, but I don’t know the details," Thurston said of the crash.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to Logan Regional Hospital after the crash, where he died a short time later. A medical examiner is investigating to determine the cause of death, Thurston said.

The crash is under investigation.

“At this point in time we do not know why he drifted left of center, and we do not know how," Thurston said.

According to a press release from Logan City officials, "Witnesses stated the vehicle left the roadway and there were no braking or evasive actions taken. It appeared to some the driver may have been unconscious before leaving the roadway."

The identity of the victim has not been released, pending notification of his next of kin. The press release from Logan City stated the victim was a 68-year-old man from Smithfield.