Accident leaves city with $16,000 repair bill
A hit-and-run accident has left the city of Jamestown responsible for an estimated $16,000 repair bill and left one of the city's traffic signals out of commission.
The control box for the traffic signal at 10th Street and 7th Avenue Southeast was struck by a vehicle on April 10. The accident was reported at 11:44 p.m., but the vehicle that struck the control box had left the scene by the time officers arrived.
"They hit the control box," said Harold Sad, Jamestown street foreman. "We need everything brand new (in the control box). We're waiting for the parts and not sure when they'll come in."
Officials have temporarily placed four-way stop signs at the intersection.
Sad said the control box sat on the northeast corner of the intersection behind a barrier. He speculated a truck "cut the corner" and a portion of the trailer or load went above the barrier and struck the control box. Because the damage was caused by a hit-and-run accident, insurance will not cover the repair costs.
"It had to be a semitrailer to hug that corner and go over the rail," said Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police.
The Jamestown Police Department investigated the accident, Edinger said.
"We're seeking information," he said. "Anyone that has information about what happened that evening could help us out."