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Friday crash marks more than 40 since roundabout opens

By Brandi Makuski

Stevens Point police say no one was injured in a single-vehicle crash at the northside roundabout on Friday, but the incident is just the latest in a string of vehicle collisions since the roundabout was installed less than a year ago.

Police were called to the North Point Dr./Bus. 51 roundabout at 7:49 a.m. on May 17 after a caller reported a trailer tipped over in the roadway. Lt. Greg Bean from the Stevens Point Police Department said the driver was delivering construction materials for the WisDOT rebuild of Bus. 51 in Plover and Whiting.

“By his own admission, he just came into the roundabout too fast, and the trailer tipped over and spilled the equipment,” Bean said Friday. “It really wasn’t a big deal, but we had to close the roundabout down to one lane. After that, it was just a matter of righting the trailer and picking up all the debris and equipment that fell.”

Crews from the police department, along with the city’s engineering and streets departments, who were working nearby with a local electric company, all assisted in the cleanup, which took about 90 minutes, Bean said. Johnson Towing also responded to the scene.

The driver was from a trucking company in Minnesota and was cited for failure to keep his vehicle under control.

“The equipment was stacked too high, and I think between his weight and his speed, it basically pulled the trailer over sideways,” Bean said.

Bean said after talking with Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner, the two believe this marks “either the 41st or 42nd” crash on the roundabout since it was installed last September.