In Sperryville, it’s deja vu all over again

REC crew repairs the pole. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.
REC crew repairs the pole. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Recalling a similar incident last summer, an 18-wheeler again took out the guardrail and damaged a utility pole on the sharp turn at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 211 in Sperryville Tuesday evening. A few Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad members witnessed it happening and watched as the tractor trailer freed itself and took off toward Luray. They jumped in a car and drove up 211 toward Thornton Gap to no avail. A tag number was reported and State Police took over.

Meanwhile the battery backups for the computers at SVRS started beeping even though the power was still on. A call around noon to the manufacturer suggested that this indicated that our power source was unstable and that we should call the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Within 15 minutes, REC showed up in the persons of Robert Aldridge and Curtis Gregory who found that the neutral wire had separated.

REC's traffic cones are crushed by another non-sign-reader. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.
REC’s traffic cones are crushed by another non-sign-reader. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.
Twenty minutes later service was back to normal. SVRS apparently has suffered no damage (as compared to the loss of $5,000 in electrical equipment last summer). VDOT will have the expense of repairing the guardrail again.

However, note the new orange barrels in the photograph of the REC repair effort. Now look at the second image take a couple of hours later. The barrels are crushed as if by a another 18-wheeler?? No witnesses this time.

Heavy commercial vehicles are restricted from Main Street and such incidents are not accidents. Restrictions are placed on Main Street for traffic calming in the community but also because that turn to the right is nearly impossible for for lengthy tractor trailer rigs. How soon before we see a repeat of this violation and have Deja Vu All Over Again?

– Ray Boc

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