Trolley receives minor damage from crash

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The trolley that was damaged from hitting a light pole and knocking it off its concrete base should be repaired and back on the road within a day or so, said Phillip Coomer, owner of Club Car Limousine and Trolley Monday afternoon.

One of his drivers drove into a light pole in the parking lot of Westland Mall off of West Jefferson Boulevard. The driver was transporting several people who were a part of a graduation party to Belvedere Lounge. Coomer told NewsChannel 15 that the driver is experienced and works as a school bus driver for Fort Wayne Community Schools.

“The whole bus shifted and a lot of people got hurt,” said Duane Woods, a passenger in the trolley, describing the crash.

NewsChannel 15 was told the driver was going about 10 miles per hour when he hit the pole. The collosion knocked the pole off of its concrete base. The driver had no comment at the scene.

There were at least 40 people on the trolley, but only a fraction had minor back and neck pain, according to police. Woods said he had minor pain in his neck. He said he and a group of friends hired the driving company in order to have a designed driver for their party.

“You don’t want to be drinking and driving, so you think you trust the driver,” said Woods. “I don’t think he was drunk. I think he was kind of excited and missed a blind spot.”

Police told NewsChannel 15 the driver was given a breathalyzer test at the scene and passed.

Coomer said this accident will be used in training sessions for future drivers who are hired on.

The trolley received minor damage to its front. Coomer said Monday afternoon that the bumper is coming off and being repaired, and it should be back up and running within a day or so.

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