Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
An employee with the City of Orange was transported to a local hospital following a two vehicle collision on Tuesday morning.
An unidentified employee with the City of Orange was transported by ambulance to a local hospital on Tuesday morning following a collision at the intersection of North 10th Street and West Main near Harry’s Appliances in downtown Orange.
According to Officer Troy Tyson of the Orange Police Department, the driver of a Ford pickup truck was traveling east on West Main and ran the stop sign at the intersection of North 10th Street. The Ford truck was struck by a truck belonging to the City of Orange Water and Sewer Department. The driver of the City of Orange vehicle struck the Ford truck on its passenger side and both vehicles careened into a utility pole on the northeast side of the intersection snapping it off at the ground.
Tyson said the unidentified city employee was transported to a local hospital with unspecified injuries which were believed to be minor in nature. The unidentified elderly driver of the Ford truck refused medical treatment. He was also cited for failure to yield right of way.
Margie Stephens of Harry’s Appliances said wrecks at this intersection happen frequently.
“This happens at least twice a month, if not more,” Stephens said. “The city has tried to make the intersection safer by installing lights at one point, but it seemed like it got worse, so they put stop signs back up.”
Stephens said the wrecks at the intersection of North 10th Street and West Main have varied between minor to serious, including a fatality at one time. She also it is always a concern that a random vehicle will crash into the business, or even at the house diagonal across the street where the chain-link fence leans inward from a previous collision.
“We’ve had vehicles crash into the building before,” she added. “At least twice that I know of. There just doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to why people run that stop sign. It’s just something that seems to happen a lot.”