Holiday accident damages city property

By RICK WATSON
Posted 1/3/19

SUMITON – During the first Sumiton City Council meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, Mayor Petey Ellis reported that a single-car accident occurred on Main Street on New Year’s Eve, damaging city …

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Holiday accident damages city property

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SUMITON – During the first Sumiton City Council meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, Mayor Petey Ellis reported that a single-car accident occurred on Main Street on New Year’s Eve, damaging city property.

He said the vehicle was insured, which should pay for the damage to the property. Ellis estimated the cost of repairs to lights and the control box at the site amounts to several thousand dollars.

Harold Cox of the Sumiton Police Department later said a  17-year-old female heading south down Empire Road in a 2003 Ford Ranger entered the intersection at Main Street too fast for road conditions and slid into a pole.

“It’s wasn’t raining, but the roads were still wet,” Cox said.

The driver went through an amber light and hit the pole where the traffic lights and control box were hanging. The impact snapped the large pole in two, knocking the traffic lights to the pavement.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, according to Cox.  Neither Ellis or Cox had an estimate of when the traffic lights will be repaired. Meanwhile, the city turned the intersection into a three-way-stop by erecting temporary stop signs.

Also during the meeting, City Clerk Judy Glover told the council that the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act report had to be filed in the Walker County Probate Judge’s Office before Jan. 31.