LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses, as it investigates the death of a man who was impaled by a metal rod while driving on Interstate 580 around Livermore.
The incident occurred around 8:11 a.m. Wednesday. The CHP says the 2 to 3-foot long rod went through the windshield of the westbound Volvo station wagon, penetrating the driver's upper torso and head area. The driver - identified as 33-year-old Lodi resident Michael Cox - crashed into an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The way the pipe came through the vehicle, most likely it came bouncing off of a vehicle," CHP Officer Tyler Hahn said.
The Highway Patrol called it a freak accident, saying Cox was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
CHP officials say the rod was about an inch or 2 in diameter and appears to be a type used to secure loads on the back of flatbed trailers.
"Sometimes stuff falls off. You gotta be very careful about securing everything," said one area truck driver who gave his name only as Larry.
"I have a routine. And that routine, make sure everything is in there where it's supposed to be before I leave," Larry added.
The CHP is doubtful they will find the vehicle without help from a witness since the bar had no markings or company name.
The Associated Press