FORT MCHENRY NATIONAL MONUMENT AND HISTORIC SHRINE
Truck Hits And Seriously Damages Historic Entrance Gate
The driver of a dump truck who entered the park on the morning of November 5th quickly realized that he was lost and in the wrong place, so backed his vehicle onto a side road and attempted to pull forward and make a left turn onto the park entrance road in order to exit through the main gate. While making the illegal left turn, the truck hit the south wing of the historic entrance gate, knocking over the attached column. Although the column is currently in several pieces, it will be repaired within the next three weeks. A temporary gate has been erected in the interim and the park remains secure overnight. The estimated cost for repairing the gate, first constructed in 1836, has been placed at $10,000. Ranger Sierra Daniels is the lead ranger for the incident and is working with the driver's insurance company to recoup the cost of repairs. The driver was issued a violation notice for failure to obey a traffic control device.