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Historic Fort Wayne seeking donations after car crashes into wall

Photo Supplied/Historic Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Historic Fort Wayne is asking for donations after a car crashed into the wall on Thanksgiving.

Initial estimates on the cost of the repair are in the tens of thousands of dollars according to fort officials. You can give here.

They say a neighbor called police after noticing a car lodged into the wall on Thursday morning. When police arrived, the car was there, but the driver was gone.

The crash damaged the northeast corner of the fort, causing structural damage to several large timbers which are part of the foundation for the outer walls. Also, the baker’s oven now has cracks in the mortar on three sides.


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Concerned Citizen November 30, 2020 at 8:21 am

Insurance anyone?

brettt December 1, 2020 at 11:06 am

Hear, Hear! Couldn’t agree more.
I would think that the city would carry some insurance on this iconic landmark. At least enough to cover any “real” damages.
But, they ask for donations, based off an initial estimate? I find it hard to believe the cost being $10K, let alone 10’s of K’s!
I question the initial estimator..
What’s their name?
..if that can’t be disclosed, i’d just settle for their initials.

I should like to hear a story, following up the owner of the vehicle, though. If they had insurance, is this covered under their collision? Maybe it’ll be covered under comprehensive? Was it the Fort’s fault?
This story seems a little one-sided.
But, thank the Maker, it didn’t hit anything structural!
..imagine how many 0’s that poor estimator would have had to tack onto the 10’s!

Mom of four December 1, 2020 at 2:20 am

I need a link to donate. Help?

s brace December 1, 2020 at 1:26 pm

Clearly the driver was scared to death when a large wooden fence jumped out in front of them and began to eat their car. I wander if they though if that fence can eat my car that it can give me COVID so I better run. I suspect a video of them running away would have been very entertaining . Have the undigested car… should be able to find the driver.
Too bad that the fort can not be named a historic spot. We need to donate so that the fort quits eating unsuspecting passing cars.


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