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Driver survives brutal collision with pole
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A crumpled 2003 Honda wrapped around a sign pole in front of the Bank of Stockton in the 700 block of North Main Street shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday temporarily trapping a 22-year-old driver who was able to crawl out of his crushed vehicle before medics arrived. - photo by Photo courtesy Manteca Fire Department

A 22-year-old motorist traveling at an estimated 100 mph survived a violent crash shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 700-block of North Main Street.  

Manteca Police Sgt. Stephen Schluer said the southbound car clipped a vehicle exiting the Burger King fast food restaurant on the east side of North Main Street and catapulted across the roadway crashing into a Bank of Stockton sign pole. The impact twisted and crushed the vehicle into a ball of iron. 

The car’s engine was ejected by the impact and landed about 100 feet away in an adjacent dirt lot near West Edison Avenue where it intersects with North Main.

The driver was transported by ambulance to the San Joaquin General Hospital Trauma Center in critical condition with major injuries, police said.  

A Manteca Police major accident investigation team (MAIT) was on the scene Thursday morning measuring the vehicle’s skid marks at the initial point of impact with the other vehicle.   

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