By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — A semi-truck collided with a traffic light while attempting to make an illegal right turn from Veterans Parkway onto Maple Avenue today. The collision caused minor scrapes to the semitrailer but knocked the traffic light over to a position where it rested on top of a railroad crossing arm.
“The back end there, the trailer then (caught) the traffic signal there, and it looks like it knocked it into the railroad crossing arm, so there was some issues with the crossing arm as it relates to the traffic signal falling on top of it,” said Sgt. Dennis Keffer of the Marshfield Police Department.
Keffer said Merkel Electric Co. Inc is working to get the traffic light back up and operational potentially today and that Canadian National would repair the train crossing arm.
The semi-truck belonged to Curry’s Transportation Services out of Iowa. The driver was issued a citation for making an illegal turn. As of 2:30 p.m. today, the intersection was at least partially blocked as crews continued to work on fixing the railroad crossing arm.