Van Passenger Impaled by Tripod on Sacramento Freeway

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South Sacramento, CA (KOVR)—The windshield of a Chevy minivan was smashed by a stolen Caltrans tri-pod on the morning of May 16, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP said the tripod, which belongs to a Caltrans survey team, was stolen from the corner of Neasham Circle and Front Street in Sacramento around 10:34 a.m. Five minutes later, the tripod was deliberately thrown from 2nd Street, west of Interstate 5, and went through the windshield of the passenger van traveling south on the interstate.

Tripod Impales Windshield
The windshield of a Chevy minivan was smashed by a stolen Caltrans tri-pod according to the California Highway Patrol. (California Highway Patrol-South Sacramento)

The event caused a medical emergency for the vehicle occupants, and CHP said they were transported to UC Davis for evaluation. There is no word on their condition.

Officers identified the suspect as a male adult who was wearing dark clothing. At approximately 1:20 p.m., Sergeant Robinson reportedly observed a suspect matching that description on Front Street, where the initial theft occurred.

After a short foot pursuit and struggle, the suspect, a 32-year-old transient, was detained. He was taken to the South Sacramento CHP area office for questioning. Investigators said more follow-up investigation is needed for the incident.

The suspect was later booked into the Sacramento County Jail for an active warrant and resisting a police officer.

Officers are investigating this incident as attempted murder.

Shocking Video Shows Man Filming Selfie Clip Getting Hit by Train

In another lucky-to-be-alive incident, a man survived after being slammed by a train while filming a selfie video in India last year.

The shocking footage shows the man, named Shiva, standing by train tracks in Hyderabad and holding his smartphone in front of him, recording a selfie clip.

As Shiva smiles, a train appears in the background.

The stunning moment he’s hit soon comes.

Shiva goes flying and the phone soon goes blank but the audio remains on, capturing bystanders running to his aid.

Someone offscreen had tried to warn Shiva of the danger he was in but he motioned them that he was fine.

At one point, he can be heard saying “wait.”

Indeed, friends of the man told NDTV that Shiva misjudged the train’s speed and the wind. According to the broadcaster, he did survive the collision with injuries to his head.

India Today reported that Shiva was admitted to a local hospital for treatment and railway police charged him with trespassing.

NDTV said that India has the most number of deaths because of reckless selfie-taking. “Between March 2014 and September 2016, 60 percent of all ‘selfie deaths’ took place in the country,” the broadcaster reported.

Posing with a train, either near one or while riding on one, is a popular selfie form and sometimes results in death.

People commenting on NDTV said that Shiva is lucky to be alive.

NTD News reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

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