Butler County Times Gazette
  • UPS crashes into light at El Dorado Correctional Facility

  • The El Dorado Correctional Facility activated its emergency response procedures Monday afternoon after a UPS semi truck ran into one of the light poles on the perimeter of the fence.
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  • The El Dorado Correctional Facility activated its emergency response procedures Monday afternoon after a UPS semi truck ran into one of the light poles on the perimeter of the fence.
    The alarm was called at 2:06 p.m., said Dale Call, public information coordinator with EDCF.
    "A UPS truck was departing the facility after making a delivery to our warehouse which sets behind our facility," Call said. "As it was leaving, it was rounding a corner by tower 5 when the equipment malfunctioned and it made a straight 90 degree turn right into our perimeter fence."
    The semi hit a light pole, which prevented it from breaching the perimeter fence.
    There were no injuries from the accident.
    Once the alarm was sounded, the emergency procedures were initiated and the facility was placed on lock down and an inmate count was completed. They also opened an emergency command center, with Warden James Heimgartner commanding it.
    Butler County fire and ambulance responded because there were fluids under the vehicle, and the incident is being investigated by the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
    "We provided the staff members to contain the scene and keep everybody out of the area," Call said. "The wrecker came on site and removed the semi and we did an assessment to make sure the fence still was operational."
    At 4:12 p.m., they shut down the incident command center.
    The facility is doing a damage assessment today. The light pole is connected to other lights in the vicinity.
    "When we go to replace or fix it we want to make sure it doesn't shut off all other lights on that end of the facility," Call said.
    During their investigation, the Butler County Sheriff's Office learned the driver of the semi heard a loud pop prior to losing control of the vehicle, according to Sheriff Kelly Herzet. He believed that noise was from a mechanical failure, which caused him to lose control.
    There were no injuries from the accident.

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