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Archive for Tuesday, March 6, 2012

High winds knock city light pole onto vehicle parked in downtown Lawrence

March 6, 2012

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High winds downtown caused a light pole to fall onto and damage a vehicle in the 600 block of Massachusetts Street on Tuesday.

Lawrence staff members were helping set up a rental car for the owner of the vehicle, city spokeswoman Megan Gilliland said. The city owns and maintains the poles in that block, she said.

The city was also working on getting an estimate on the extent of repairs needed for the vehicle. No one was inside the vehicle when the pole fell, Gilliland said.

The National Weather Service put most of the state under a red-flag warning until 7 p.m. Tuesday because of expected frequent gusts of 40 mph to 50 mph.

Comments

skinny 2 years, 8 months ago

If it had been a real newspaper it'd be on the front page already!

BlackVelvet 2 years, 8 months ago

If you're so "anti-LJW" why are you on here?

Joe Hyde 2 years, 8 months ago

Very good of the City to arrange for a rental car the owner can drive, while also arranging for repairs for the damaged vehicle itself.

I wonder if the light pole's location warrants replacing the original with one of more robust design. Perhaps this pole is standing between two or more tall buildings, where it is regularly buffeted by artificially accelerated sheer forces due to the effect of "compressed wind"?

Glad nobody was hurt. Having a light pole fall on you could definitely ruin your day.

hujiko 2 years, 8 months ago

I remember thinking this morning that things could start falling over with all the wind, trees and power poles mostly.

Also glad nobody got hurt and the city is taking full care of the situation.

classclown 2 years, 8 months ago

I think this is generous of the city. I honestly don't see how the city is liable for this and would place this in the so called 'act of god' category. However, in this litigious society we have become, I'm sure a frivolous lawsuit would have taken place which would cost the city much more to defend in the long run.

Either way, kudos to the city.

impska 2 years, 8 months ago

Act of god only applies if the offending party took reasonable action to secure or take care of the the item that falls on your car. If a light pole falls down in a bit of wind, then there was a problem with the pole and the city ought to have been inspecting the poles so that they don't just fall over during "strong winds."

If it had been a tornado that had knocked it over, then "act of god" would probably apply. Because sometimes tornadoes knock down light poles, no matter how secure or well maintained the pole is.

headdoctor 2 years, 8 months ago

classclown, I wouldn't be so quick with kudos to the City. They are self insured and the risk management office is very good at stalling any settlement up to 6 months. I hope this owner had full coverage because that may be the only way the car will be restored anytime soon.

In general the City position is they are only liable if they are negligent. You probably don't want to hear their definition of negligence. They love to hide behind the tort claims laws.

Personally I hope Megan Gilliland cleared her statement through risk management before she spoke. Otherwise she may get a reprimand or get to explore employment opportunities elsewhere.

Curtis Lange 2 years, 8 months ago

They're liable for this the same way they are liable for a pothole damaging your vehicle. Don't let them tell you they aren't; they are.

headdoctor 2 years, 8 months ago

Yup. One can always submit a claim. If the City pays it, fine. If not your out of luck. These are the type of suits that Judges will find a way to kill because it is taboo to be known as the Judge who opened the flood gates so to speak on municipalities and other government agencies. That exception doesn't always work for the Federal and State Governments.

headdoctor 2 years, 8 months ago

If your referring to math, he doesn't live here anyway. Just loves to use the LJW as his entertainment for spewing his twisted political garbage. He has to have something entertaining him while killing that much time in his moms basement living on the taxpayers.

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