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Man in van impaled by tripod dropped from freeway overpass in Sacramento

Man in van impaled by tripod dropped from freeway overpass in Sacramento
A man riding in a van was impaled by a tripod dropped from freeway overpass in Sacramento. (Associated Press)

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, told 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.

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

Authorities say a 32-year-old man they suspect threw the tripod 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.

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