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Driver's miracle escape as electricity pole crushes car

A DRIVER narrowly escaped death yesterday after an electricity pole crashed onto her car, just centimeters from where she was sitting.

The drama unfolded when a pile driving machine toppled over about 3:30pm at Cangwu Road in Xuhui District, bringing down with it two trees and the electricity pole.

The rear of motorist Liu Xiuqin's SUV was crushed by the electricity pole and its windows broken by branches, but the pole struck the vehicle several inches behind the driver.

"It scared the life out of me, my legs are still trembling even now," Liu, who works at a nearby precise instrument, company told Shanghai Daily two hours after the accident.

Liu was driving home from work and had slowed down at a crossroad when she heard a great bang on the roof.

She screamed after realizing she had been hit by an electricity pole and jumped out of the vehicle.

"I definitely cannot go to work for quite a while as I can hardly calm down," she said.

After the accident, police closed off the road, leading to a traffic jam in the area.

A crane arrived at 5pm and took the vehicle and electricity pole away. Traffic returned to normal at around 6pm.

"The construction company should take the major responsibility and compensate," a police officer on the scene said.

According to signs of the site, the Shanghai No. 7 Construction Co is working at the site, but officials of the company declined to comment.

However, Liu said the construction company was willing to talk about compensation.

Liu said she wanted compensation for the vehicle, which her husband bought last year, and possibly for emotional trauma.

A worker in a nearby construction site said the pile driver fell because the ground was soft and unstable.

The falling electricity pole led to a power cut in the area, but supplies soon resumed.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation, Xuhui district government said in a statement later.


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