Auburn: Truck knocks out traffic signal at Court and Turner streets

Traffic snarl in Auburn
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Jeff Guay of AD Electric, center, talks with Mike Soucy of Auburn's electrical division, as they work to secure a light pole that was snapped off its foundation at the corner of Court and Turner streets in Auburn on Thursday morning. According to city electrician Charlie DeAngelis, the pole was moved back about 10 feet because it was being hit frequently. "When trucks coming down Route 4 miss the right hand turn at Court and Turner, they try to make the turn here to get back on Route 4 and cut the turn too close," DeAngelis said.

AUBURN — The intersection of Court and Turner streets was closed Thursday morning after a tractor-trailer pulled down the traffic light at that intersection.

Police directed traffic at the intersection until the traffic signal could be restored.

According to a police accident report, 69-year-old Steven Schuster of Green Bay, Wis., was turning from Turner Street onto Court Street at about 11 a.m. when he ran out of room. The trailer rolled up on the sidewalk, tore a light support from its base and dragged it up the road.

The city eletrician estimated damage to the pole and wiring at $5,000.

Schuster, driving for Schneider National Carriers of Woodlyn, Pa., was not hurt in the wreck. Damage to the 2012 Freightliner was minor, according to the police report.

Several Oxford Networks customers reported they could not make calls on landlines for most of the afternoon following the crash. It was not immediately clear if the outage was related to the wreck. The matter was resolved by 5 p.m.

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The base of the traffic light pole that was snapped off at the intersection of Court and Turner Streets in Auburn Thursday morning.

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The Schneider truck that took out the pole at the corner of Turner and Court Streets in Auburn.

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The scene at Turner and Court Streets in Auburn Thursday morning.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I've seen guys .......

I've seen guy's just close their eyes and hope that what just happened will just go away. I've seen guy's not look back, in the hopes that there really is enough room to turn. If their not looking it's not happening. The most common and my personal favorite is "I hope no one else saw that". What ever this guy was thinking, I feel sorry for him, It's awful hard to close your eyes and wish away an entire light pole with signal lights attached to your trailer. The distance he traveled up the hill indicates he was refusing to believe he was pulling half the intersection up the hill with him....


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