Southern Ky World War I Monument Destroyed By Airborne Truck

Some would say it's only a statue. But the loss in Jamestown runs deep.

Since 1937 the doughboy statue paying tribute to soldiers killed in World War I stood as a monument in the middle of Jamestown. It came crashing down Tuesday night.

Mayor Brooks Bates says a Jamestown officer saw a truck speeding south toward the statue. Seconds later, the truck hit the steps of the monument, and went airborne.

The mayor says the truck, driven by Danny Wilson, 49, of Somerset, initially cleared the doughboy's top but then hit the flagpole.

“Some estimates is that he would've cleared the monument...if he had not hit the flagpole,” says Bates.

Police say Wilson was driving extremely fast. He's been charged with drunk driving. Court records show that's an offense he's faced before.

“Part of the town is gone,” says Michael York of Russell County. “If it was a DUI driver, it could have been my child or your child.”

The doughboy was an important reference point for many people in Russell County. Many would use the iron statue as a way of giving directions to places in the county, such as the Lake Cumberland destinations south of town.

Now city officials are questioning how they're going to replace the doughboy, which could cost about $18,000 by some estimates.

“We don't know what monies are available yet. We have a committee on it,’ says Bates.

Also uncertain is if the statue can be repaired or if it will have to be replaced.

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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 26, 2008 at 04:37 AM
    A new airborne world war I truck monument will be built to commemorate the war and the legendary flying truck.
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    How about Danny Wilson pays for the damage?
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    Sounds like he needs a couple charges thrown on if he was DUI. Destruction of public property and wreckless endagerment to say teh least. HE hit a statue after hitting steps and goign airborne. If he had hit a car hed probaly flipped on top of it. All DUI's should carry a wanton endangerment charge.
  • by Greg Location: S.C. on Feb 25, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    Make the DUI offender pay for the replacement. Community funds nor taxpayers should have to foot the bill for his stupidity.
  • by Sheila Location: Lexington on Feb 25, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    The man responsible for destroying the statue Danny Wilson, should be responsible for paying for a new one or repair the old one if possible. If we crack down on the Drunk Drivers in KY and make them pay more fines, or pay for damages to property, these idiots would think twice before getting behind the wheel. He should pay every last cent of the cost to repair it.
  • by david Location: somerset on Feb 25, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    i would granish the guy that done it , if he works


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