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If you spend a little time out on the street watching traffic, you will wonder how on earth folks ever make it across town on a regular basis.
Consider the driver of a big rig who, while attempting to turn around in Ava early Monday morning, hooked his trailer on a 45-foot power pole, breaking it off and tearing power lines down, while also catching a fire hydrant and stop sign, dragging both down the street some 50 yards.
If the guy did all this and didn’t know it, he doesn’t need to be driving. And if he did know what he did and refused to take responsibility by admitting what he did, he still should not be on the road.
But it gets better.
While the road was barricaded so electric crews could replace the broken pole, one driver literally drove through the barricades only to approach the work zone which was totally blocked by equipment.
Another driver on South Jefferson drove into a parking lot to bypass the barricades. When questioned as to why, she replied, “I didn’t know both lanes were blocked.”
So, why was it necessary to drive into the parking lot to get through?
Assuming the truck driver in question does, in fact, know what he did Monday morning, one can only hope he will reconsider and admit to his error. Then, at least he can stand in the unemployment line with a clear conscience.
Just think, if the employer should be a forgiving individual with good insurance to cover the city’s huge expenses, or if he gets away with this incident by ignoring that it happened, you may meet him driving a big rig on one of our narrow, two-lane roads again sometime.
Now, isn’t that encouraging?