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Bollard Knocked Over Again; Truck Damaged




The Archbold Street Department street sweeper cleans up the remaining bits of glass from the light bollard on the northwest corner of North Defiance and Stryker Street Friday, Aug. 3. The bollard was destroyed by a semi truck, which ran over a special bell bollard, placed to protect the lighted one. It is the first time the lighted bollard has been destroyed since the bell bollard was placed in January.-      photo by David Pugh

The Archbold Street Department street sweeper cleans up the remaining bits of glass from the light bollard on the northwest corner of North Defiance and Stryker Street Friday, Aug. 3. The bollard was destroyed by a semi truck, which ran over a special bell bollard, placed to protect the lighted one. It is the first time the lighted bollard has been destroyed since the bell bollard was placed in January.- photo by David Pugh

For the first time since special bell-shaped bollards were put in, one of two lighted bollards on Stryker Street was damaged by a semi-tractor trailer rig.

Martin Schmidt, Archbold Police chief, said the semi truck trailer was damaged after it struck the bell bollard and drove over it, before destroying the lighted bollard.

The Archbold Police report on the incident states Raymond Eugene Winslow, 51, Ashtabula, was driving the semi, owned by CRST Premier Transport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, south on North Defiance Street, and attempted to turn right, onto Stryker Street.

He turned the corner too sharp and struck the bell bollard on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The trailer went over the bell bollard, damaging a brake drum on the rear axle of trailer, and the rear bumper.

Winslow left the accident scene, driving to the ConAgra parking lot. Archbold Police officers found him there.

He was cited for making an improper turn.

Lighted bollards were installed as part of the 2005 reconstruction and renovation of North Defiance Street. The bollard on the northwest side of the intersection was knocked down several times before the village placed the bell bollards at the intersection to protect the lighted bollards.

The bell bollards were installed Jan. 30, 2007.

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