Three People Injured By Falling Light Pole At Disneyland As Santa Anas Rake Southern California

Three people were hurt by a lamppost that likely fell down due to a strong gust of wind at Disneyland this morning. One person was taken to an area hospital to be treated for serious injuries and two others were treated at the scene and released.

The light pole fell down just before 8:30 a.m. on Main Street in the Anaheim theme park, according to Santa Ana police Sgt. Jon McClintock. The Orange County Register reported that the post was located in the flowerbed around the Disneyland flagpole right near the main entrance to the park

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It appears the heavy winds Monday morning brought the pole down, McClintock said.

In fact, at about the same time this morning, a gust of wind flipped a taxiing single-engine plane at John Wayne Airport. The pilot avoided injury.

The Cessna 172 was moving down a runway when the wind pushed the nose down, said AnnaSophia Servin, a spokeswoman for John Wayne Airport. The pilot got out, and while checking out the plane, a gust flipped it over just before 8:50 a.m., according to Servin.

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for Anaheim and much of Orange County warning of “Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 65 mph, locally up to 70 mph in wind prone locations this evening.”

One location, the oft-gusty Magic Mountain Truck Trail which is some distance from the park of the same name, recorded gusts to 130 mph this morning before the weather gauge there broke.
City News Service contributed to this report.

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