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



This news story was published on October 3, 2014.
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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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7 Responses to Oops! Woman strikes light pole, causes thousands in damage to her car

  1. homes Reply Report comment

    October 4, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Texting and driving…it don’t work!

  2. Allen Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Be on the lookout for those large yellow and red things, they will jump in front of you.

  3. Joe Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Looks like Sears parking lot. Are they still open?

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      October 4, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Close. Yes Sears is still open.

  4. rahmbo Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Breaking news.

  5. LVS Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Pretty big parking lot with only a few poles. She must have really had to work at it to hit one.

  6. Annie Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I hope she wasn’t out there getting her dr. lic. renewed. Not a good start.