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Driver Slams Into Power Pole off San Jose's Almaden Expressway

San Jose firefighters took three hours to extricate a driver from his car late Wednesday night, after he slammed his Chevrolet Tahoe into a power pole off a major expressway.

Fire officials don’t know why the driver veered off the road at 11:30 p.m., slamming into a slammed into a concrete wall on the shoulder of Almaden Expressway near the intersection of Almaden Road.

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NBC Bay Area
Vehicle crashed into a power pole and slammed into a concrete wall on the shoulder of Almaden Expressway near the intersection of Almaden Road on late Wednesday night. (Oct. 20, 2016)

His car flipped over and took down a host of wires, which still lay partially on the road early Thursday morning. The power did go out in the neighborhood, residents said, but was back up by 4 a.m.

Fire officials worked for three hours to get him out safely; they said he was "alert" when he was taken to the hospital.

Both lanes of southbound Almaden Expressway were closed between Rajkovich Way and Almaden Road and O’Grady Drive.

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