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May 17, 2013

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Toppled pole at Third and Market to be replaced

LOGANSPORT — Replacement of a traffic light pole at Third and Market streets should be finished by early next week, according to a representative of the Indiana Department of Transportation. The traffic light has been down since being struck and damaged nine days ago by a car that had just crashed into a Logansport police vehicle.

On May 8, the traffic light at Third and Market streets was damaged after a truck driven by Ronald Seals, Kokomo, failed to yield to an LPD squad car and was struck by it before crashing into the pole, causing the pole to lean at an angle.

According to a crash report filed with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, LPD Officer Jarred Beaver was traveling eastbound on East Market Street in his squad car with its emergency lights and sirens on. Beaver approached the traffic light at the intersection, which was red, and came to a complete stop before continuing.

Seals, traveling northbound on Third Street, did not yield to the squad car, causing the squad car to collide with his driver’s side rear door. The squad car then spun around and collided with a vehicle being driven by Lisa Webber, Lucerne, which was facing south on Third Street while stopped at the traffic light.

Beaver was transported to the hospital and Seals was cited for failure to yield. The report states neither Seals nor Webber had any injuries.

A temporary stop sign was placed at the intersection until the traffic light could be replaced.

As Market Street is owned by the state, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be replacing the light pole.

Dan Williams, superintendent of the Logansport Department of Public Works, said INDOT told him the delay in replacing the pole had to do with preparing a concrete thread to anchor the pole in the ground.

“They’re ready to go as soon as they can get somebody to drill down into the concrete and put a new thread in,” Williams said.

Matt Deitchley, media relations director at INDOT, said work on the traffic light will be completed by early next week at the latest, adding that it could happen as soon as today.

“It’s possible the work on the pole could result in a lane closure, but the impact to traffic in that area will be minimal and shouldn’t be more than a day,” Deitchley said in an email.

Another accident occurred at the intersection Monday. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Patricia Lindy, Galveston, was in a collision with a vehicle driven by Janice Banta, Logansport. No injuries were reported.

Williams said the temporary stop sign had been struck and knocked over since the traffic light was damaged as well.

“I think everyone is in a hurry and tries to hurry up and get from point A to point B,” he said.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or

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