GIRARD, Pa. — A historic cannon on Main Street in Girard Borough, Pennsylvania, was badly damaged by a tractor-trailer on Wednesday morning.
WJET reports that the tractor-trailer left the scene after hitting the cannon. The driver was later found but no charges have been made at this time.
The cannon is one of two on opposing sides of a grassy median on Girard’s Main Street.
The cannon that was struck is a Confederate cannon that stands at the west end as part of a monument to Civil War dead was dedicated in November 1865, just months after the war ended, according to GoEerie.com.
On the east side of the meridian is a cannon used by Union forces, which has been hit twice since 2018. The Union cannon was hit the first time when three Cleveland men fleeing police crashed their vehicle into it in June 2018. The Union cannon was hit a second time and the base holding it destroyed in December 2021 by a driver who police said had been drinking at multiple bars before the accident.
Joseph Price has been a journalist for almost two decades. He began in community media in 2005 and has since worked at media outlets in Virginia and Arkansas. He is also a commercial drone pilot and video editor. He hosts a weekly community radio show focused on goth, metal and industrial music that airs Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. at www.kuhsradio.org.