May 26, 2018
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State worker dies after suffering medical emergency, crashing into pole in Augusta

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Authorities say a state worker who died after his state-owned vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Augusta apparently suffered some sort of medical emergency before impact.

Police say 64-year-old John Pearl died at a city hospital shortly after the crash at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The state medical examiner is expected to determine a cause of death.

Pearl was a 26-year employee of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services Bureau of General Services.

An agency spokeswoman told the Kennebec Journal that he worked in inventory and property and was on a routine delivery run when the accident occurred.

Police say the box truck hit the pole at low speed.

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