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Driver Topples Iconic Windmill in East Oregon

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - It stood in east Oregon for more than a century, but Pendleton's iconic windmill has crashed down after being hit by an SUV.


The police say a man drove through a fence and smashed into at least two of the windmill's four galvanized steel support beams. Police say the driver was not under the influence but may have fallen asleep at the wheel.


Umatilla County Historical Society executive director Barbara Lund-Jones says the loss of the windmill is a blow to the very identity of the organization's Heritage Station Museum. The society uses the image of the museum and windmill on its letterhead and business cards.


An engineer who lives in Pendleton says he thinks the windmill would be repaired, though it would have to be shorten.