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Woman, 86, died after crash; power line kept rescuers away

November 21, 2019 GMT

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say emergency responders couldn’t immediately rescue an elderly couple in a suburban Detroit car crash because a live power line was on the vehicle.

Shirley Ann Tobalski, who was 86 years old, died Wednesday night. Clinton Township police say she was conscious and alert after the crash but eventually lost consciousness and died at a hospital.

The Macomb Daily reports that it took more than 30 minutes before electricity to the line could be cut and rescuers could approach the vehicle. Tobalski’s 92-year-old husband told police that he swerved and hit a utility pole to avoid a crash with a flatbed truck.

His condition wasn’t released.