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Semi Hits Post At Downtown Intersection




Insulation litters the ground around this pole, placed on the southwest corner of North Defiance and Stryker streets, after it was struck by a semi trailer, Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 1. Note the scratches to the post caused by the trailer. The trailer was severely damaged.– photo by David Pugh

Insulation litters the ground around this pole, placed on the southwest corner of North Defiance and Stryker streets, after it was struck by a semi trailer, Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 1. Note the scratches to the post caused by the trailer. The trailer was severely damaged.– photo by David Pugh

A semi trailer struck a post at the intersection of North Defiance Street and Stryker Street, and the 40,000-pound load had to be moved to another semi near the crash site.

The incident started about 4:10 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 1, when a semi driven by Andrew Charles Riley, 23, Schertz, Texas, was traveling east on Stryker Street, and attempted to turn right, to go south on South Defi- ance Street.

Riley cut the corner too short, and the trailer struck the concrete-filled steel post.

The post tore through the lower edge of the trailer, and as the truck continued to move forward, it tore through several of the cross members underneath the trailer floor.

It eventually struck the first trailer axle, breaking it away from its mount, and flattening one tire.

Large pieces of foam insulation from the damaged trailer were left on the street.

Riley was able to back the trailer off the post and park on the south side of the 100 block of Stryker Street.

A second semi trailer was brought in, and the load was moved from the damaged trailer. That process lasted into the night.

The semi-tractor and trailer are owned by Raider Express, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas.

The post was placed at the intersection by the village of Archbold to protect a lighted bollard, a traffic signal post, and the corner of the Rupp Furniture building on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Semis, particularly those with 53-foot trailers, have dif- ficulty maneuvering through the tight intersection.

A bell-shaped bollard placed at the intersection disabled several semis before it was later crushed by a semi driving over it.

The posts placed by the village have caught other semis in the past and often bear the scars of trailers that have rubbed against them.

Riley was not injured. He was cited by Archbold police for an improper turn.


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