Hampton traffic light struck by semi last week

The recent string of bad luck continued for Hampton’s traffic lights last week after a semi trailer struck one of the poles at the intersection of Highways 3 and 65.

     The accident occurred some time around midday on Dec. 16, according to Hampton Public Works Director Doug Tarr. The driver of the truck was turning right at the northeast corner of the intersection when his trailer rolled over the lightpole’s foundation. The vibration from the accident caused the light box at the top of the mast to come loose and dangle over Highway 3 for the remainder of the day.

     “He must have hit it pretty good,” said Tarr. “It dented the pole pretty good.”

      Tarr estimated the damage would cost between $4,000 to $6,000 to repair. The pole will need to be completely replaced, but the light box and the mast will stay.

    Read the full article in the Dec. 25 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.