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Man gets hit with utility pole and dies

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DES MOINES, (AP) -- A Des Moines man has died after being struck in the head by a utility pole.

Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Clarke and Paul Maple, of Johnston, were doing construction work outside a home on Wednesday morning. Maple told police he backed into the pole while driving a skid loader, causing it to snap and fall on Clarke.

Clarke, who was engaged to Maple's daughter, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, where he died from his injuries.

Des Moines police spokeswoman Lori Lavorato says Clarke's death has been ruled an accident. No charges will be filed.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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