Man Killed by Fallen Telephone Pole

Friday, Dec 3, 2010  |  Updated 10:16 PM CDT
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SALTON CITY, CA - OCTOBER 20: Wires hang from an old telephone pole on the former Salton Sea Test Base, once an atomic weapons testing site, on October 20, 2005 near Salton City, California. A controversial plan put forth by the Salton Sea Authority board, the agency that manages the Salton Sea, proposes building up to 200-thousand homes, including some on a former atomic weapons testing site, to help fund restoration of the lake which reportedly faces ecological collapse. Critics fear the shuttered Salton Sea Test Base is polluted with depleted uranium that could threaten the health of future residents, and that such a development boom could eliminate resting and nesting places for the more than 400 species of birds using this important migratory stop-over that the restoration plan is supposed to help. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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A tree trimmer was killed Friday after a telephone pole fell on him on Chicago's Southwest Side.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as Marvin Yoder, although his age and home address were not yet known Friday night. 

The pole fell on Yoder at about 3:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of South Cicero Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien.

O’Brien said he did not know how or why the pole fell. 

Yoder was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai at 4:07 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Wentworth Area detectives are conducting a death investigation.

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