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THROOP — The driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck that struck a utility pole at the intersection of Turnpike Road and North Division Street Road in Throop on Tuesday morning has died, state police said. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the exact cause of the man's death, police said. Initial reports indicated the driver was in cardiac arrest after the crash occurred. Rescuers from the Throop and Aurelius fire departments extricated the driver of the truck from the wreckage and he was taken to Auburn Community Hospital.

A portion of Turnpike Road was closed to traffic Tuesday while police investigated the crash. 

The driver was traveling northeast on Turnpike Road when he went off the road and struck a power pole in that area, causing the pole to split. 

The crash, northwest of Auburn, occurred just before 10:15 a.m. Crews from New York State Electric and Gas arrived on the scene around 10:30 a.m.

AMR Ambulance, Cayuga County Sheriff's Office deputies and New York State Police also responded to the accident.