Jefferson County is taking a unique approach to replacing aging bridges – old railroad tanker cars are filling in for old, wooden narrow bridges on Jefferson County roads, saving a significant amount of money in the process. A company in Oklahoma supplies the tanker cars; they cut off the ends of the cars and the county then places them in areas without flowing water. A three-man county crew installs the tanker cars. The job requires a backhoe operator, a skid operator and one other person – with about an inch thick of steel the railroad cars are especially good at withstanding the weight of newer farm equipment.
The investigation into the accident at 1111 Franklin St. is still ongoing, according to the Pella Police Department. In the accident report, the driver doesn’t remember the accident, but remembers waking up in the car after the incident. The report also lists the driver’s condition as, “illness/fainted.” Pella Police Lt. Paul Haase said that based on the driver’s statement, it is possible that the diver blacked out sometime between entering Franklin Street and when he hit the house. On Tuesday, May 8, Kyle Martin, 18, of Pella, drove a 2008 Silver Mazda CX-7 into the side of the house at 1111 Franklin St. The family living in the house was not home during the accident. The family’s dog, who was the only one home at the time, was unharmed as well.