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The Today File

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July 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Seattle’s historic pergola complex damaged by truck — again

An automobile ran into the pergola in Pioneer Square early Thursday morning, taking out a pole and damaging an iron fence near the corner of First Avenue  and Yesler Way. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

The vehicle that ran into the pergola Thursday morning took out a pole and damaged a fence near the corner of First Avenue and Yesler Way. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

The poor pergola.

A light pole that is part of the historic cast- and wrought-iron pergola complex in Pioneer Square was damaged by a truck this morning.

The accident happened about 2 a.m., when the truck knocked over the light pole and the driver fled, according to KIRO-TV. Seattle police remained at the scene for several hours awaiting a tow truck to remove the truck.

The truck was towed away a short time ago.

The pergola, which was built as the upper level of a lavish underground public restroom in 1909, has been struck by vehicles numerous times over the years, most recently in May. It was also struck by a semi-truck in April of last year, but sustained only minor damage, according to media reports.

The pergola toppled in January 2001 when it was struck by another semi-truck. It was rebuilt at a cost of $3.9 million.

 

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