Woman Hit By Falling Pole

Emergency scene at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Manchester... Photo by Barry West

Coffee County Sheriff’s investigators say a Hispanic festival at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Manchester Sunday resulted in an accident. According to information that investigators gathered at the church, each year during the festival, people climb an old utility pole. This year was no different, but apparently too much weight was put on the pole, and it fell. The pole landed on Mary Morales, 31, who was taking pictures of the activities. According to Sheriff Steve Graves, when the pole fell it struck the woman in the head. When paramedics arrived at the church and checked Morales’ injuries they requested a medical helicopter land at the church and transport her to Vanderbilt. But due to severe weather that was in the area, no helicopter was able to fly Sunday. Coffee County Ambulance Service to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she underwent treatment for her injuries transported her was she is listed in critical condition.