Driver critically injured after crashing into pole in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

A driver suffered critical injuries after crashing into a power pole in Santa Maria Thursday night.

Shortly before 9 p.m., the driver crashed a Toyota sedan into the pole located in the 1800 block of W. Betteravia Road, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Fire personnel needed to carry out a major extrication effort in order to disentangle the driver from the car.

An ambulance transported the victim to Marian Regional Medical Center. Law enforcement personnel are investigating the crash.