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Oops! Woman strikes light pole, causes thousands in damage to her car

Light pole struck by Saturn.
Light pole struck by Saturn. (Photo submitted by NIT reader.)

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman struck a light pole this week, causing thousands of dollars in damage to her vehicle.

On Wednesday, October 1 at about 6:24 PM, a Mason City police officer was dispatched to a reportable one vehicle collision at the Southport shopping center parking lot.

At the scene, an NIT reader reported that “I heard a loud ‘BOOM’ and thought ‘what the heck?’  I saw the black SUV against the pole, radiator fluid was gushing onto the ground.  A lady was sitting inside it.”

Rhonda Balkenende collided with a light pole while pulling into a parking space in the Southport shopping center parking lot. Balkenende’s vehicle was disabled, and damage was estimated to be $5,000.

Balkenende was not injured in the accident.

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