His intention was admirable: to drop candy canes from the sky to the delight of local kids. His execution, not so much: he got stuck in live power wires right after takeoff and was left dangling. Call it a reindeer malfunction, if you will.
You can see a video of how his stunt took a turn for the worse at the bottom of the page. Also, there is a video of the rescue mission, which was a combined effort by CHP and Metro Fire Sacramento. As you can see in the photos in the gallery as well, Santa was left dangling upside down, as his vehicle got tangled in the wires.
The good news – yes, there is good news to be had – is that Santa was not injured. “Turns out Santa was trying to get some last minute fun in before the holiday and got into a hot wire situation. Don’t worry!... he wasn’t hurt and [Metro Fire Sacramento] is helping him down,” CHP North Sacramento says of the highly unlikely incident.
In the end, all’s well and all that. Santa will still be on time delivering presents, but maybe he should stick to something that wouldn’t spell disaster in case of a slight miscalculation. Maybe the Ford Bronco is the most reliable sleigh, after all. It can’t fly (that we know of), but maybe it’s for the best.