Crash on campus destroys historic wall

A truck crashed into the historic rock wall on the east side of Friar’s Field Oct 23.

Emergency crews were forced to take extreme measures at the scene using the jaws of life to pry the driver and passenger out of the vehicle.

At approximately 10:27 p.m. on Saturday, the Quincy Police Department responded to a one-vehicle accident. Police say the accident took place on 20th and Elm after the driver of a silver Dodge truck blew through a stop sign.

After the police arrived, a fire truck and ambulance were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, it was clear to emergency authorities that the front end of the truck was extremely damaged. The driver and passenger were found wedged underneath the front dash.

The police approached the men trapped in the vehicle and both victims were able to identify themselves. The driver of the car was identified as Jordan Clark; the passenger, Tyler Barnum.

Both of the front doors were unable to open so the officers at the scene accessed the men through the rear doors. Officers were able to speak to the men through the back of the car.

Police say neither passenger was wearing their seatbelt.

To retrieve men from the car, the fire department had to use the jaws of life amongst other equipment. After the men were pulled out of the vehicle they were taken to Blessing Hospital for treatment.

Police followed the ambulance to Blessing Hospital where they proceeded to collect blood and urine samples of the driver.

The truck was towed from the scene that night.

Both men were issued citations from the accident. Clark was issued citations for disregarding a stop sign, not wearing a seatbelt, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and for driving an uninsured vehicle. He was released on a notice to appear and awaits his court date on November 23rd. Barnmun was issued a citation for failure to wear a seatbelt and was released on a promise to comply.

Quincy University authorities have not released plans to repair or replace the wall.

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