traffic light construction

A 67-year-old woman was struck on Friday, April 9, while trying to navigate a crosswalk at the intersection of Main Street and West Washington Street. The crosswalk is at an intersection where the stop light arm was ripped down in December by a truck driver. Last week the Georgia Department of Transportation announced that it had secured the custom-made signal arms and expected the lights to be functioning again sometime in May.

Currently the intersection acts as a four-way stop.

According to Madison Police Reports, Rebecca Graham Swilling, Suwanee, told officers that after she had entered the crosswalk walking south, a 2013 Honda Accord struck her.

Reports state that the Accord, driven by Ashley Monique Elder, 20, Madison, was turning left from Main Street onto West Washington Street.

Swilling told officers that she was struck on the left side of her body. National EMS arrived at the intersection and assessed Swilling. She refused treatment, reports state, and “shortly after walked south toward the other side of the intersection.”

The incident occurred at approximately 4:50 p.m. Swilling did, reports state, complain of some soreness. The Accord sustained no damages and no charges were filed.

According to District Communication Specialist Kyle Collins, the mast arm, pedestrian head, two signal lights and wiring box are on their way to Madison to repair an intersection safety light that has been out of service since December 2020.

“There are two East Central Georgia locations with some bent mast arms due to collisions that still function. This intersection is the only one that was taken completely out. According to our signal leadership, this is the first time we’ve seen a mast arm taken down in over 20 years,” said Collins.

Since the assembly’s destruction, the intersection has reverted to a four-way stop for the past four months.

Collins said the new mast arm is scheduled to be shipped to a contractor by April 30 and construction of the assembly will take one to three days. Collins said repair of the assembly would cost more than $20,000 and would be paid by either the truck driver or the insurance company covering the vehicle.

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