Was Des Moines Construction Accident Caused By Rotted Utility Pole
Posted on Jul 29, 2009
On July 29th 2009 Andrew Russell Clarke was killed after being hit by a falling utility pole. Paul Maple was driving a Bobcat when he accidently ran into a utility pole and knocked it down. Maple has told police that Mr. Clarke was his daughters girlfriend, the police are calling this a tragic accident. One has to wonder why the utility pole couldn’t stand up to a bump from a Bobcat and who is responsible for the untimely death of this young father of two. A spokeswoman with MidAmerican Energy Co. said that the pole did not belong to them or carry electrical lines. According to various news sources Mediacom normally rents the poles that it uses and Qwest did not immediately return phone calls to the Des Moines Register.
By Nick Lombardi
SPECIAL NOTE: Nick makes a good point and extends the news and blog posts by me. More than taking photographs the entire utility pole needs to be preserved. In other words it should not be destoryed or altered before an expert has the opportunity to examine and test it. Steve Lombardi