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Repairs to sign may take a while

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- It could take quite a bit of research, money and time to repair the damage a pickup truck did to a downtown Riverfront Park sign Tuesday.

"We have no idea what it will cost at present," said Dwayne Green of Dougherty County Public Works. "The sign was part of an Albany Tomorrow project. They went out of business a couple of years ago. I have submittal books to look up the company that built it, and I'll have to call them about costs."

The custom-made, precast concrete sign has parts that can be salvaged, Green said, indicating that the keystone and capstone can be used again. Green said he believes the sign will be missed and should be replaced.

Staff should begin cleaning up the smashed sign and the area around it today.

A 1973 Ford Ranger smashed into the sign at the intersection of Front Street and Pine Avenue in front of the Flint RiverQuarium at about 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Alvin Cannon, 43, lost control of his pickup, possibly while having a seizure, and the truck crashed into the sign instead of making a right at the intersection's roundabout, according to Albany Police Department officers at the scene.

Cannon was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition was reported as good on Tuesday. The case is under investigation, and no citations had been issued by 7 p.m. Wednesday.