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Trucks Keep Hitting the Same Traffic Light Pole -- Should the City Move It?

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Traffic is back to normal in Yakima Thursday after a semi truck crashed into a light pole at one of city's busiest intersections and this isn't the first time it's happened.


If you look at the corner on South First Street and East Walnut Street. It seems just like every other corner. But the light pole happens to be placed in a spot that trucks who take a wide turn onto East Walnut Street can't seem to avoid.


The video shown is from back in April when a flatbed truck took out the pole. On Wednesday, another truck did the exact same thing. And it turns out, that driver didn't have a commercial drivers license.


We asked the city if these two accidents are any cause to move the light pole.


"A good driver can easily negotiate and has negotiated that thousands of times a week," Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke said. "Inexperience and in this case, unqualified driver caused the accident and the damage."


It takes about $10,000 to replace the traffic light. That money is covered by the trucking company. Changing the corner could take hundreds of thousands of dollars. 


Still it could be a very dangerous situation if this traffic light were to be hit again while a pedestrian was crossed the street or if a car happened to be right in the middle of the intersection. No one has been injured in either of this incidents. 


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