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Geneva’s wood chipper damaged in car crash

GENEVA – A driver was ticketed in a July 11 crash that damaged a wood chipper owned by the city of Geneva, recently released crash records show.

Marilyn B. Connor, 60, of the 1500 block of Fargo Boulevard, Geneva, was issued a ticket for failing to yield at a stop-or-yield intersection, records show.

According to the crash report, Connor was driving a 2011 Toyota Sienna south on South Randall Road and was waiting in the intersection to turn left onto Fargo Boulevard.

When the light turned yellow, she attempted to turn and did not see the city’s dump truck pulling a trailer with a wood chipper on it heading north through the intersection, according to the report.

The dump truck’s driver, Bradley J. Lichtenebert, 20, told police he saw the light turn yellow and knew he was not able to stop, so he tried to turn right to avoid a collision, the report states. 

The two collided, spinning Connor’s Toyota almost 360 degrees. The dump truck with the trailer and wood chipper went off of the road, hit a curb and swiped a traffic pole, coming to rest off the road in a grass berm, the report states.

Witnesses told police they could not confirm the color of the light when the Toyota turned, according to the report.

No one was injured in the crash, but the city-owned wood chipper was damaged, according to the report. Information on the status of the wood chipper – whether it was repaired or replaced – was unavailable.

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