The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 16, 2014

Traffic signal demolished

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— A semi-trailer carrying an oversized load Wednesday morning damaged a traffic signal on Van Buren following a missed communication with its pilot car.

The freighter belongs to West- freight of Rocky View, Alberta, Canada, and was traveling southbound on Van Buren at 10:57 a.m. when it struck the signal at Maine. Traffic was snarled for a time after the incident.

The driver of the semi-trailer, Abe Neufeld, 60, of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, was cited for failure to devote full time and attention to driving.

According to an Enid Police Department report, Neufeld was driving a 2007 Western Star 4900 SA en route to Woodward. A pilot car equipped with a measuring device found the semi-trailer’s height was too tall and attempted to radio back a warning to Neufeld; however, the message was not received.

Neufeld drove the truck through the intersection, striking the signal lights.

Officers escorted Neufeld out of city limits west on Garriott to Garland following the collision.