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March 26, 2014

Wind fells old traffic signal

Knoxville — Around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, a vehicle was struck at the corner of Main and Third in Knoxville, when one of the City's traffic signals came crashing down. 

The wind was to blame for the old post's tumble, according to Public Works Supervisor Dennis Webb. The pole struck the right rear of the SUV, driven by Rebecca McCombs. McCombs said she was fine, but her daughter, who was also in the vehicle, was "shaken up." 

Knoxville Fire/Rescue, Knoxville Police and Marion County Emergency Mangement also responded. The pole is lying across the intersection. Webb intends to wait for an electrictian to deal with several wires exposed by the fall. The lamp will then be split and moved by a loader.

Third Street remains blocked, as of this post. When traffic resumes, a four-way stop will be installed in the Main and Third intersection. 

The traffic signal poles, like the one that fell, are being replaced during the downtown streetscape project. 

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