In March of 2020, a 25-year-old Chicago woman suffered from a serious concussion when a light pole that was rusted at its base started falling and crashed through her windshield. Originally, the Chicago Police tried to say that she crashed into the pole which caused it to fall, but the police report proves differently. CBS2 Chicago reports that rusted light poles are an issue that has been a danger in the city for years now, causing the poles to fall and potentially injure nearby pedestrians and motorists.
This wasn’t the first time that a rusted city light pole fell on its own and injured a citizen—just the most recent. In November of 2019, another woman was injured in the Loop by a falling light pole. CBS2 Chicago reports that there have been nearly 8,000 complaints of leaning or falling poles to the city since 2014. There have been almost 500 reports of property damage and 75 reports of injury from the rusted city light posts.