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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A Cy-Fair District 9 volunteerfirefighter was seriously injured late Thursday when she was struck by a falling pole during a training exercise.

A spokesman for the fire department said the accident happened along Highway 6 at Cherry Park shortly after 10 p.m.

Firefighters had a ladder truck upright and extended when a yellow pole came off the ladder, falling a great distance before striking a female firefighter in the head.

She suffered a serious head wound and was sent to the hospital by Life Flight.

The Harris County Fire Marshal said they are still looking into whether the firefighter was wearing a helmet.

Firefighters said the pole that fell off the truck is used to pull down ceilings, siding, and wood during fires. Investigators are looking into why it came loose.

The fire marshal said Cy-Fair does training at the station every Thursday night.

The Harris County Fire Marshal said they are still looking into whether she was wearing a helmet.

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