Potential Disaster Averted in Adelanto

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By Staff Reports

(Adelanto)—An early morning traffic collision at Maverick Stadium parking lot March 22 could have resulted in major expense, were it not for bollards doing the job they were supposed to do. Bollards, short vertical posts used to protect exposed structures or objects from damage by moving vehicles, were strong enough to stop a 5,000 pound Dodge Ram truck from destroying a fire hydrant in place to protect the Stadium.

“When you look at the damage to the truck, it’s hard to imagine that two steel bollards could withstand the force of a moving truck,” said Michael Stevens, Communications Consultant for the City of Adelanto.

“The cost to replace the bollards is estimated to be $600,” said Stevens, “but a fire hydrant can cost as much as $2,500!” Unlike some fire hydrants, had the one involved in the collision had been sheared off water would not have gushed until it could be closed because hydrants in Adelanto have a shut-off valve.

“A potential disaster was averted because if the hydrant had been sheared off obviously it couldn’t be used for fire suppression if needed until it was replaced,” said Stevens.

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When the city received the report of the collision, expectations were that there would be serious injuries, however the single occupant was not hospitalized and only received a cut to the face.

When the city received the report of the collision, expectations were that there would be serious injuries, however the single occupant was not hospitalized and only received a cut to the face.

The driver, who shall remain unnamed, indicated that the sun was in his eyes and he didn’t see the hydrant. He has already been in contact with his insurance regarding the damage to the bollards.

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