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Van Passenger Impaled by Tripod on Sacramento Freeway

The man survived but with broken ribs and a partially punctured lung

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    Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van.

    The driver of the van, Tim Page, tells KCRA-TV that he was on Interstate 5 Thursday morning when the yellow-and-red tripod smashed through the glass. He says it went through his passenger's lung and popped out.

    The man survived but with broken ribs and a partially punctured lung.

    Authorities say 32-year-old Matthew Adam Thompson is the suspect who threw the tripod, He was arrested on a warrant but may face a charge of attempted murder.

    Page volunteers with El Dorado Veteran Resources and had picked up his passenger, another veteran, from the airport.