A man died Wednesday morning when the Ford Explorer he was driving veered off a curve in the road and slammed into a power pole near Oso, a small town 30 miles east of Arlington.
The victim was in his 30s but has not been positively identified yet, according to Trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol. Francis said the crash happened near mile post 30 on Highway 530 sometime before 4:09 a.m. when emergency personnel received the call.
The crash caused the power pole to partially collapse, creating an electrocution hazard and preventing emergency personnel from extricating the victim until power could be shut off.
At 7:30 a.m., Francis said power to the pole had been switched off and firefighters had begun extricating the victim from the heavily damaged SUV. The victim’s next of kin will be notified once the man’s identity is confirmed.