CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A tractor-trailer attempting to navigate a tricky turn in downtown Charleston took out one of the city's cast-iron lampposts and a traffic signal.
The driver was heading north on Dickinson Street and was trying to make a wide right turn onto Lee Street Monday afternoon when he clipped the post, said Charleston Sgt. Nick Null, traffic division commander.
The wide swing took down the green cast-iron lamppost and damaged a traffic signal on the left corner of the intersection. The truck also grazed a fire hydrant, but didn't damage it.
The truck suffered little damage, Null said.
Roger Buckland, a supervisor with the city's Traffic Engineering office, worked quickly in the rain to remove the wiring from inside the post and gather the pieces. The two globes atop the post did not break in the fall.
Buckland said the green lampposts have been used in the city for more than 60 years. The one that was destroyed Monday has been replaced twice in the last three years, he said.The city will order a replacement from a manufacturer in Pennsylvania. Buckland expected it would cost $3,000 to $5,000.