When William Kendall pulled off the car lot with a shiny brand-new set of wheels about a week ago, he'd never have guessed that he soon would be handing it over to a wrecker.
He lost control of his 2003 Buick LeSabre along the 700 block of E. National Avenue at about 11 a.m. Thursday, breaking off a utility pole at the base and knocking a mailbox and newspaper tube off their posts. Watching the men from Poor Boys Towing hook the 2003 model car up shortly after the accident, he knew he was lucky to come out the wreck without a scratch.
"I just fell asleep," Kendall, 92, of Indianapolis said, not recollecting much else about the incident.
Traffic was briefly slowed down, and at some points, halted as sheriff's deputy Brian Pierce and city police officer Marty Beasley directed traffic along that section of roadway.
"It's a good car," Kendall commented. "It just has over 600 miles on it."
Pointing out the tracks going off the road from the incident, Pierce said the accident could have been more serious.
"He probably hit the mailbox first, then hit the pole," Pierce said, adding the vehicle sustained about $5,000 in front-end damages.
An ambulance was dispatched, but canceled because Kendall didn't suffer injuries. Kendall said the vehicle's airbag kept him from getting hurt.
He was traveling to Mortonsville, Ill., about 25 miles west of Terre Haute; his former hometown. He was born there in 1910.
Cinergy workers quickly arrived at the scene to restore the downed power lines.
"I'm going to clear it up right now, until we get more posts up," serviceman Larry Crabb said.