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Vehicle collides with gas station pole

Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
1:18 pm PDT March 10, 2014

A man was airlifted to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the early morning of Wednesday, March 5, after he crashed his vehicle into the pole supporting the rotating “76” globe sign at the Union 76 gas station, near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road in Malibu.

Deputy Jeff Slutske of the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s station said the man – who suffered head trauma – was due for transport to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but was rerouted to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley due to prevailing fog conditions.

There were no passengers in the man’s vehicle and no other vehicles or people were involved in the incident, which occurred at approximately 4:20 a.m.

“I come in this morning to wipe the floor and the guy who was working last night, he was shaking and left,” said Manuel Ulloa, manager of the gas station. “He was a little scared.”

A Malibu resident, who requested anonymity, told the Malibu Surfside News he heard an explosion as a result of the crash, which occurred several feet from a large propane tank. 

The propane tank, however, remained intact. Slutske said no explosion occurred and the resident likely heard the crash itself.

By noon that day, most of the wreckage, including the man’s vehicle, was removed from the scene. The remains of the iconic “76” rotating globe sign, however, were not yet disposed of.