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Van passenger impaled by tripod on Sacramento freeway

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A volunteer van driver says his passenger was impaled by a tripod that crashed through the windshield on a Sacramento freeway, but the man survived.

Tim Page tells KCRA-TV that he was on Interstate 5 Thursday morning when the yellow-and-red tripod smashed through the glass. He says it went through the lung of his passenger and popped out. The man suffered broken ribs and a partially punctured lung.

The California Highway Patrol says the tripod was stolen from a California Department of Transportation crew and thrown from an overpass.

Authorities say a 32-year-old man they suspect threw the tripod was arrested on a warrant but may face a charge of attempted murder.

Page volunteer with El Dorado Veteran Resources and had picked up his passenger, another veteran, from the airport.