Visalia man dies after 1940 Buick collides with pole

A Visalia man was killed Thursday night when he struck a power pole, police reported.

The crash occurred just before 6 p.m. as Manuel Mendoza Jr., 55, was eastbound on Walnut Avenue west of Ben Maddox Way when he veered off the road in a 1940 Buick and hit the pole. The Buick caught on fire and firefighters put out the blaze and extracted Mendoza form the car.