Unsecured Manhole Cover Blamed for Downtown Dacula Accident
Driver said car dealership estimates repairs to her vehicle will cost $8,000.
An unsecured manhole cover is being blamed for an April 25 accident that caused a woman to lose control of her vehicle as she was driving through downtown Dacula.
Linda Moore was driving towards Wilson Street when she heard what she described as a “deafening” noise. Moore’s vehicle had struck a manhole cover that dislodged and caused her vehicle to go into the hole. Moore said the impact caused her to lose control of the vehicle and sent the manhole cover flying through the air. Dacula City Marshal Steve Cline later located the cover approximately 15 feet away from the impact site according to the Gwinnett County Police report.
Moore’s vehicle skidded across the street (see accident diagram), but fortunately did not strike any people, cars or structures. Moore was shaken, but uninjured.
After filing the accident report, Moore drove her car to a Chevrolet dealership to have the undercarriage inspected. Moore said the dealership advised her car should not be driven and that repairs would cost approximately $8,000.
Moore is currently without transportation as she waits for the matter to be resolved by the insurance companies. Moore has contacted her insurance company and the city’s insurance company in hopes of securing the use of a vehicle until her car is repaired. Moore said the city’s insurance company is in the process of determining liability for the accident and will not pay for repairs or provide a rental vehicle until the investigation has concluded.
In the meantime, Moore urges motorists to use caution when driving downtown.
“I just want everyone to be careful,” she said. “I do not want this to happen to anyone else.”
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