YAKIMA, Wash. — A traffic accident in which a telephone pole was sheared off by a car disrupted traffic Monday afternoon on Summitview Avenue at 15th Avenue.

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The crash occurred at 4:10 p.m., when a Ford Taurus sedan veered into a pole, shearing it off at the base before coming to rest on its side against the Tazzah takeout food stand.

The driver escaped serious injury. Police said they expected to issue a ticket for second-degree negligent driving, based on the driver’s alleged awareness of mechanical problems with the car.

The driver declined comment, saying, “I just hit a pole.”