Runaway machine causes $12,000 damage in Atlantic


November 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An SUV, street lamp and heavy piece of equipment were damaged during an accident Monday afternoon, in Atlantic. According to Atlantic Police, a heavy piece of machinery belonging to Western Engineering stalled while traveling uphill on 10th Street, near the Cass County Community Center. 

When the machine began to roll backwards, traveling west on 10th, the unidentified operator bailed out, fearing for his safety. The machine continued rolling down hill, while Western Engineering employees rushed to get people and vehicles out of the way. The machine rolled past the Whetstone car wash, struck a parked SUV and a light pole, and finally came to rest in a ditch at the intersection of Highway 6 and 10th Street. 

No injuries were reported. Officials said the SUV and light pole sustained  a combined $7,000 damage, while damage to the piece of heavy equipment was estimated at $5,000.