‘Medical problem’ sends car into light pole in San Luis Obispo, injuring driver

A man suffered a medical emergency while driving in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday afternoon, crashing into a light pole and overturning his car on Broad Street, authorities said.

According to San Luis Obispo City Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Bisson, the man was driving southbound on Broad Street at around 2 p.m. when he hit a curb and went careening into a light pole.

The vehicle ended up on its side next to a 76 Express gas station near the intersection with High Street.

“We believe the driver may have suffered some kind of medical problem prior to the accident, causing him to lose control of his vehicle,” Bisson told The Tribune at the scene.

The man was still trapped in the car when firefighters arrived on scene, Bisson said.

Firefighters were able to get inside and treat the man’s medical problems, Bisson said, before removing him and sending him in an ambulance to a local hospital.

There were no other reported injuries to other drivers.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.